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Oregon Sex Offender Registration & Relief from Registry

In Oregon, sex crimes require a convicted criminal defendant to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Under certain very limited circumstances, a sex offender may apply for relief from registration. You also cannot expunge sexual crimes and clear them from your record.


It is imperative that a Eugene criminal defense attorney advise a criminal defendant on the consequences of different offenses and attempt to negotiate a crime that does not require sex offender registration or prepare for trial and win with powerful advocacy.

Several Oregon crimes are often better long-term than a sex offense, even a misdemeanor sex offense:

– Sexual harassment

– Coercion (felony)

– Assault.

Most Oregon criminal defendants would choose to take a felony plea of coercion over a misdemeanor plea of Sex Abuse III. This is because the felony coercion conviction can be expunged in three years (assuming no other criminal record) and the sex abuse charge can never be expunged.

Many people are presented with the Hobbesian choice of maintaining their innocence and risking a lengthy prison sentence if a jury gets it wrong at trial versus taking a sure thing sex crime plea with no prison. Oftentimes, that is the offer our clients get when they have a court-appointed lawyer. More times than not we improve on that offer because we are aggressively preparing for trial. If negotiations fall through, we are ready to prove a client’s innocence.

The consequences of a sex crime registration are huge. For one, you are put into the local sex offenders database where busybody citizens search for things like sex offenders in Eugene, Oregon or they search for sex offenders near me.

People are obsessed with the sex offender registry because they think that everyone on it is dangerous, although many non-violent offenders who had consensual sex or were falsely accused are subject to the registry database list.

Oregon Relief from Sex Offender Registration

In Oregon, under ORS 181.820 a convicted sex offender may apply for relief from registration after ten years. He may qualify for relief from sex offender registration if he only has one conviction for a sex crime. That convicted crime must be a class C felony or a misdemeanor only. Also, the person may not be a predatory sex offender under ORS 181.838.

The court must decide based on clear and convincing evidence, a very high standard, that the person has been rehabilitated.  This is a highly technical process that most often requires the assistance of an Oregon criminal defense attorney. Arnold Law is based in Eugene and assists clients statewide. Call us at 541-338-9111 or call 24/7 or live chat. Learn more about our legal team by clicking on the attorney link above.


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  • Representative Cases

    Sodomy I (Jessica’s Law) – 3 Measure 11 counts dismissed after innocence proved

    This was a Jessica’s Law case where, if convicted, Client was facing a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 25 to 75 years in prison. Client passed a polygraph in the case and his attorneys Mike Arnold and Lissa Casey conducted an investigation illustrating his actual innocence.

    Michael Arnold, stated, “Our client is thankful for his release and dismissal of these terrible false accusations against him. He was a wrongfully accused innocent man who had three months of his life stolen from him due to lies and an incomplete investigation. Arnold Law’s investigation showed a lack of motive and lack of opportunity to commit the acts alleged against him.The Government’s incomplete investigation turned what should have been an uncomfortable family matter involving a very troubled child into an unjustly incarcerated man and placed unthinkable stress on his family...”

    Sex Abuse Case dismissed

    Client charged with sexually abusing his employee. After an investigation showed that some of the complaining witnesses recanted their statements and motives for false accusations discovered, case dismissed before trial.

    Custody case motivates false Measure 11 accusations against father

    Client jailed with $1.68 million bail setting after being falsely accused of smothering his wife with a pillow and sexually assaulting two adoptive daughters, among other claims. The case eventually resolved with an Alford Plea to one count of coercion for allegedly forcing a remote control out of wife’s hands, which is expungeable at the end of probation, no additional jail time, and a dismissal of all remaining charges. After the dismissal, client was able to resume parenting time with his biological daughter and continue to be an active father.

    Attempted Sex Abuse I – Dismissed

    Client accused of having unwanted sexual contact with a woman while she slept in a hotel room. After thorough defense investigation of witnesses to incident were presented to the DA, all charges were dismissed before trial.


    Sexual Harassment Defense – Hospital Administrator Stalking

    Mike Arnold defended the administrator of a hospital who pursued a relationship with a young woman who was apparently giving him mixed signals. Before contacting our firm he was convicted of a criminal stalking charge and lost a stalking order trial. She then sued him for $500,000 claiming sexual harassment, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In a Marion County jury trial after a brutal cross-examination of the plaintiff and picking apart their psychologist expert, we won a defense verdict.


    Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings – False Stalking Order to Gain Custody

    Received a $50,000 judgment through bankruptcy adversarial proceeding due to mother lying to get a stalking order.

    Stalking Order – Lying about Rape to Gain Custody

    We won a dismissal after trial. Court made findings of fact that stalking order was brought for an improper purpose.


    Measure 11 Dismissal

    “I am not a resident of Oregon and was put in the awkward position of finding a competent attorney for my son who had just been charged with a very serious felony while attending a university here. My wife and I interviewed a number of the top attorneys throughout the state and also asked for advice from several attorney friends and a judge from our home state. None of the numerous attorneys we interviewed came close to the quality, knowledge and compassion of the Arnold Law Firm. They took care of my son and advised him in jail even before we had agreed to hire them. That really showed me the quality of this firm. I can not say enough good things about their firm. Everyone in the office is professional and personable.

    “My son was represented by Mike Arnold and Emilia Gardner. They are nothing short of incredible and almost like family. They left no stone unturned and worked relentlessly on his case. My son is now a free man and able to move forward with his life. Thank you all for everything you have done. You are the best!”