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What Is A Criminal Record In Oregon?
A criminal record, also known as a rap sheet, is an official compilation of a person’s criminal history in Oregon. Generally, a criminal record contains information assembled from different government agencies and criminal justice agencies. These include police departments, courts, and correctional facilities across the county and state jurisdictions. The standard for criminal record collection and storage varies from county to county. Still, most Oregon criminal records are organized in online record depositories maintained by the Oregon State Police.
While most records vary across different counties, criminal records general provide the following information:
- Subject’s name and any known aliases
- Date of birth
- Physical descriptors
- Records of any charges
- Arrest history
- Records of any warrant (past or current)
Are Criminal Records Public In Oregon?
Yes. Oregon criminal records are public records per the Oregon Public Records Law. Thus, interested persons may submit a request to view and obtain a copy of criminal records on any adult in Oregon. The Oregon State Police is the central custodian of criminal records in the state, and criminal records requests go to its Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division.
Despite this provision, there are situations where the record custodian may sequester criminal records from public access. This limitation is because releasing police records that are part of active criminal investigations may undermine investigators’ efforts. Worse still, releasing such records to the public may put a third party’s safety at risk. Suppose any of these concerns are not relevant at the time of the request. Then, a requester may access the criminal records of interest.
Criminal records, considered public in the United States, are made available through some third-party aggregate sites. Searching with third-party websites is often easier as the information is not limited to geographic record availability. Information found on third-party websites can serve as a jumping off point for parties searching for a specific record or multiple records. Typically, requesters must provide the following information to gain access to these records:
- The record subject’s name, unless the subject is a juvenile.
- The record subjects’ last known location, including cities, counties, and states.
Third-party websites offer these search services, but they are not government sponsored. Availability of records may vary.
How To Obtain Criminal Records In Oregon?
The Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division is the designated record custodian for criminal records in Oregon. Thus, public requests for criminal records go to this agency. Generally, there are three ways to obtain criminal records from the CJIS. For one, an interested person may visit the CJIS office in person or send a mail request. However, the fastest way to obtain a criminal record is to perform a criminal record search online.
An online search for criminal records is via the Open Records portal. There, interested persons may perform a name-based criminal records search on themselves or other persons. Criminal record search on other persons costs $10.00 per search. However, a personal criminal record search costs $33.00. A requester may opt to receive the report via snail mail or electronic mail.
Meanwhile, for in-person and mail requests, the requester may complete the appropriate request form. The CJIS provides separate request forms for personal criminal history search and third-party criminal history search. Then, the requester must prepare the appropriate payment, i.e., money order or check. Next, the requester encloses the application packet in a self-addressed stamped envelope and submits it in person or via US mail to the CJIS.
Oregon State Police – CJIS Division
PO Box 4395
Portland, OR 97208-4395
Phone: (503) 378-3070
All things considered, it takes up to fourteen (14) business days to process a criminal record request from the date of receipt. This processing time is because the CJIS must notify the third party who is the subject of the criminal record request. If the third party does not challenge the accuracy of the criminal record, the CJIS shall process the request depending on the volume of submissions. Thus, requesters who wish to submit a mail request must consider this processing time.
Requesters who cannot afford these criminal record search fees may still get the documents for free. One way is to request a fee waiver from the record custodian. Another way is to check free repositories on the web. However, the downside of checking third-party online repositories is that the accuracy of a free public criminal record check is not guaranteed.
What Is An Oregon Arrest Record?
Oregon arrest records contain a summary of the subject’s arrest history. They provide information on whether a person has been questioned, detained, taken into custody, or held for investigation regarding a misdemeanor, felony, or any other offense. Arrest records aren’t evidence of guilt.
Arrest records contain general information such as:
- The full name of the arrestee
- The date the charges were filed
- Case type and case number
- Court Name
- Charge and offense
Note that persons who wish to obtain an arrest record often pay the nominal cost of copying the documents. It is possible to get a free arrest record, but the requester must either request a fee waiver from the record custodian or use online databases. The databases that provide free arrest records are very few. Then again, the completeness and authenticity of such arrest records from free databases are questionable.
Are Oregon Arrest Records Open To The Public?
Members of the public can access copies of arrest records, with a few exceptions. Access to arrest records in Oregon may be restricted for ongoing cases. Records may also be sealed to provide public safety or in cases where subjects are factually innocent. Arrest records are one of several police records compiled during criminal investigations in Oregon. While arrest records are included in police records, police records are not included in arrest records.
What Is An Arrest Warrant In Oregon?
An arrest warrant in Oregon is an official document, issued and signed by a judge that authorizes law enforcement officers to arrest or detain the person(s) named in the warrant. Arrest warrants contain the name of the subject, charges behind the arrest, and the terms affecting when and where the arrest may be made.
Copies of publicly available arrest warrants are available from the agency authorized to execute the arrest warrant. Most of these agencies have a public database of active arrest warrants, and an interested requester may perform a name-based active warrant search. In the state of Oregon, the police can arrest a person for committing a crime even without a warrant. In most cases, this occurs if the officer witnesses a crime or has reasonable cause to believe an individual committed a crime.
What Are Inmate Records in Oregon?
Oregon inmate records contain information about an offender’s current and past inmate status. A person who is in jail or considered an inmate has been deprived of their civil liberties while either awaiting trial or after being convicted. These people remain on a searchable online inmate lookup database. The Oregon Department of Corrections accumulates records on inmates’ names, incarceration dates, expected release dates, convicted offenses, and photos, which can be obtained, though not necessarily directly from the institution itself.
What Is The Oregon Sex Offender Registry?
Oregon’s sex offender registry is a public online database of offenders convicted of sex crimes in Oregon. Residents of the state can access general information such as the offender’s name (and any known aliases), date of birth, address, and physical descriptors, such as scars and tattoos. It also details the charge(s) for which they were convicted as well as their offender status. Although registered sex offenders are not required to notify neighbors directly, they are required to register with the local sheriff or local law enforcement if they move into a new neighborhood. Neighbors can also sign up for email updates on the movements of sex offenders around them using the state’s public subscription service. Judges may also order an adult to register as a sex offender if the crime was sexually motivated.
What is a DUII In Oregon?
A DUII in Oregon is a serious traffic offense defined as driving under the influence of intoxicants. It refers to the crime of driving after ingesting substances that impair a driver’s physical or mental capacity. Generally, law enforcement officers identify impaired drivers following a routine traffic stop or if there is reasonable suspicion to believe the driver is impaired. Then, the officers shall conduct a breath or blood alcohol content (BAC) test. This chemical test determines the concentration of intoxicants in the breath or blood of a driver suspected of drunk driving.
Oregon DUII laws set the maximum legal DUI limit at 0.08 for an adult driver. A driver whose BAC is above this limit faces civil and criminal penalties. First, the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) shall suspend the driver’s license for one year. The court shall also order the driver to pay at least $1,000 in fines and install an ignition interlock device. If there are aggravating factors, the court may also order the driver to complete a driver improvement program or a substance abuse treatment program. Furthermore, the DUI conviction remains a permanent record on the individual’s driving record.
What Is A Misdemeanor In Oregon?
Misdemeanors refer to non-indictable offenses that are less severe than felonies. When sentencing a person for a misdemeanor offense, courts can impose jail time, fines, or both. Oregon’s state laws divided misdemeanors into four major categories based on the severity of the crime and penalty.
- Class A misdemeanors are punishable for up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $6,520
- Class B misdemeanors are punishable for up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500
- Class C misdemeanors are punishable for up to 30 days and/or a fine of up to $1,250
- Unclassified misdemeanors where the penalties as specified in the particular statute
Examples of crimes that are considered misdemeanors in Oregon include
- Property theft less than $100
- Reckless driving
- Driving while suspended
- Assault in the fourth degree
- Disorderly conduct
- Resisting Arrest
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Buying, furnishing, or providing alcohol to a minor
What Are Felonies In Oregon?
A felony offense in Oregon refers to violations of the state’s criminal legislature that carries a minimum sentence of more than 1 year. Felony convictions are typically served in a county jail or state prison. Depending on the crime, a felony conviction may even be punished by death. Like most states, Oregon’s legislation divides felonies into multiple classes.
- Class A felonies carry the most severe penalties. Individuals convicted for crimes in this class, risk up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $375,000
- Class B felonies carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000
- Class C felonies carry a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $125,000
Examples of felonies in Oregon include:
- Assault in the first degree
- Possession of an unregistered machine gun
Some felonies remain unclassified and come with their own maximum penalty. Unclassified felonies are typically the most serious types of crimes possible in the state, while class C felonies are considered the least serious. For instance, the penalty for aggravated murder is death or life imprisonment (with or without the possibility of parole). The court may also impose up to $500,000 in fines.
What Are Parole Records In Oregon?
Parole records contain the official data of prisoners who have been released prior to the completion of their maximum sentence on the condition of meeting certain terms. Parole records are an official document that includes information regarding the release of a prisoner who agreed to certain conditions prior to the completion of their maximum sentence. While the prisoner is on supervised parole, the board shall require as a condition of parole that they pay a monthly supervision fee of not less than $30, unless the board agrees to accept a lower fee after determining the inability of the prisoner to pay. The board may also impose any conditions of parole it deems appropriate in order to ensure the best interests of the prisoner and the citizens of Oregon are served.
What Are Probation Records In Oregon?
Probation records are official documents that show when a person receives probation as an alternative to prison. Probation allows people convicted of a crime in Oregon to serve their sentences out of custody, as long as they comply with probation conditions imposed by the judge and probation officer. Probation is issued in proportion to the crime, so the length and nature of probation differ (sometimes drastically) from case to case. Probation typically falls into three categories: minimally supervised, supervised and intensive. Intensive probation is a form of very strict probation that emphasizes punishment and control of the offender within the community.
What Are Juvenile Records In Oregon?
Juvenile records in Oregon provide details regarding criminal activity committed by adolescents below the age of 18. The state of Oregon has no specific statute that defines when an age when a youth can be adjudicated delinquent. Crimes committed before the age of 18 may still remain under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court until the age of 25. While juvenile records in Oregon are protected from public view, they still remain open to inspection by a group of people, including:
- The name of the youth
- Parents or guardians of the youth
- Individuals intervening on behalf of the unit during a proceeding
- The DA’s office
- The Juvenile department
- Service providers on the case
- Judge of the juvenile court or persons working under the judge’s direction
Access to juvenile records isn’t as direct as public criminal records. In most cases, individuals or organizations seeking access to juvenile records may be required to obtain court permission. This will involve making a showing of good cause. Juvenile records may also be open to the public in cases where a juvenile is charged with a crime that would be a major felony if committed by an adult.
What Are Conviction Records In Oregon?
A conviction record is an official document providing information that a person was found guilty, pleaded guilty, or pleaded nolo contendere against criminal charges in a civilian or military court. The criminal charges can be classified as a felony, misdemeanor, or other offense. A conviction also includes when a person has been judged delinquent, has been less than honorably discharged, or has been placed on probation, fined, imprisoned, or paroled. A criminal conviction is rendered by either a jury of peers or a judge in a court of law. A conviction does not include a final judgment that was deleted by a pardon, set aside, reversed, or otherwise rendered inoperative.
Oregon History And Accuracy Of Criminal Records
The accuracy of the data of criminal records depends on the recordkeeping and technological capabilities of the jurisdiction where the record was assembled and later digitized. Oregon criminal records archives usually go back as far as the 1970s when criminal and arrest data started to be centralized and compiled into an organized database, much like we use today. Accuracy was more commonly affected by human error in the past, but in the 1990s, the quality and accuracy of recordkeeping improved exponentially due to the advent of the computer.