2017 ORS 137.226¹
Eligibility for order setting aside certain marijuana convictions

(1) Notwithstanding ORS 137.225 (Order setting aside conviction or record of criminal charge) (1)(a), a defendant is eligible for an order setting aside a conviction for a criminal offense in which possession, delivery or manufacture of marijuana or a marijuana item as defined in ORS 475B.015 (Definitions for ORS 475B.010 to 475B.545) is an element after one year has elapsed from the date of entry of judgment of conviction if:

(a) The defendant was under 21 years of age at the time of the conviction;

(b) The defendant has not been convicted of any other offense, excluding motor vehicle violations; and

(c) The defendant has fully complied with and performed the sentence of the court.

(2) When a person is convicted of an offense involving possession, delivery or manufacture of marijuana or a marijuana item as defined in ORS 475B.015 (Definitions for ORS 475B.010 to 475B.545), and when the conduct that is the basis of the conviction occurred before April 21, 2017, the convicted person may file a motion for a court order setting aside the conviction pursuant to ORS 137.225 (Order setting aside conviction or record of criminal charge), and the court, when determining whether the person is eligible for the order, shall consider the offense to be classified under ORS 161.535 (Classification of felonies) or 161.555 (Classification of misdemeanors) as if the conduct occurred on or after April 21, 2017, or, if the offense is no longer a crime, shall consider the offense to be classified as a Class C misdemeanor. [2015 c.844 §3; subsection (2) of 2017 Edition enacted as 2017 c.21 §21; 2017 c.21 §99]

Note: The amendments to 137.226 (Eligibility for order setting aside certain marijuana convictions) by section 99, chapter 21, Oregon Laws 2017, apply to conduct occurring on and after April 21, 2017. See section 127, chapter 21, Oregon Laws 2017.

Note: 137.226 (Eligibility for order setting aside certain marijuana convictions) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 137 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Note: Sections 1, 2 and 3, chapter 526, Oregon Laws 2017, provide:

Sec. 1. (1) As used in this section, unless the context requires otherwise:

(a) “Petition” means a petition for a Certificate of Good Standing.

(b) “Petitioner” means a person who files a petition.

(c) “Supervisory authority” means the state or local corrections agency supervising persons on probation, post-prison supervision or parole.

(2)(a) A person who has been convicted of a nonperson felony or a Class A misdemeanor other than a person Class A misdemeanor, as those terms are defined in the rules of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, may petition the court for a Certificate of Good Standing as provided in this section.

(b) If the person was under the supervision of a supervisory authority within the three years prior to filing the petition, prior to filing the petition the person shall request from the supervisory authority a written statement verifying that the person has successfully completed probation, post-prison supervision or parole and is eligible for a Certificate of Good Standing under this section. The request for verification shall be in writing on a form provided by the Department of Corrections.

(3)(a) A person shall file a petition using a form provided by the State Court Administrator, in the circuit court of the county in which the petitioner resides. In the application, the person shall affirm that the person satisfies the requirements described in subsection (6) of this section and is eligible for the Certificate of Good Standing.

(b) If the person was under the supervision of a supervisory authority within the three years prior to filing the petition, the person shall attach to the petition the verification from the supervisory authority described in subsection (2)(b) of this section.

(c) In addition to the petition, the person may file with the court any other documents or written material supporting the issuance of a Certificate of Good Standing.

(d) No filing fees or court fees may be required when filing a petition under this section.

(4)(a) At the time of filing, the petitioner shall serve a copy of the petition on the district attorney of the county in which the person resides.

(b) Within 30 days of receiving a copy of the petition, the district attorney may:

(A) File a written statement in the circuit court in support of the petition; or

(B) File a written objection to the issuance of a Certificate of Good Standing only on the grounds that the petitioner does not satisfy the requirements described in subsection (6) of this section, and may support the objection by submitting documents and other written materials or request a hearing on the petition.

(5)(a) When determining whether to issue a Certificate of Good Standing to the petitioner, the court shall review only the documents or other material submitted by the petitioner in support of the petition and any documents or other material submitted by the district attorney.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, if the district attorney files a written objection and requests a hearing, the court may consider any testimony or oral argument offered at the hearing when determining whether to issue the certificate.

(6)(a) The court may issue a Certificate of Good Standing to the petitioner if the court determines, by a preponderance of the evidence, that:

(A) The petitioner meets the criminal history eligibility requirements described in subsection (2) of this section;

(B) At least one year has elapsed since the petitioner has completed all requirements of the petitioner’s sentence, including the completion of any term of supervision;

(C) The petitioner has complied with all requirements of the petitioner’s sentence, including conditions of supervision and any required drug or alcohol treatment, batterers’ intervention, sex offender treatment, anger management or educational programs;

(D) The petitioner has satisfied all court-ordered financial obligations or is current on a payment plan ordered by the court or a third party as authorized by the Judicial Department;

(E) The petitioner is not in violation of the conditions of any criminal sentence;

(F) There are no criminal charges pending against the petitioner; and

(G) The petitioner is engaged in, or seeking to engage in, a lawful occupation or activity, including but not limited to employment, training, education or rehabilitative programs, or the person has a lawful source of support.

(b) The court may make the determination described in paragraph (a) of this subsection without holding a hearing if the district attorney does not file an objection to the issuance of the Certificate of Good Standing and request a hearing.

(7)(a) If the court issues the Certificate of Good Standing as described in this section, the clerk of the court shall immediately provide notice of the issuance of the certificate to the Department of State Police and other agencies as directed by the court.

(b) Upon receiving notice of the issuance of the Certificate of Good Standing, the Department of State Police shall:

(A) Enter the existence of the certificate into the Law Enforcement Data System maintained by the Department of State Police and the databases of the National Crime Information Center of the United States Department of Justice; and

(B) Ensure that the results of any criminal records check performed by the Department of State Police concerning the person who is the subject of a Certificate of Good Standing include the existence of a valid certificate.

(8)(a) If the court denies issuance of a Certificate of Good Standing, the court shall state the reasons for the denial on the record and shall include the reasons in a written order denying the petition.

(b) A petitioner may file a new application and petition no less than six months after the denial of a previous petition and shall, in the new petition, demonstrate that the petitioner has remedied or addressed the reasons for the denial of the previous petition and has met any conditions set by the court.

(9)(a) A court that issued a Certificate of Good Standing shall revoke the certificate if the person who is the subject of the certificate is subsequently convicted of a felony or a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or is found to have made any material misrepresentation in the petition.

(b) A district attorney in a proceeding in which a person with a Certificate of Good Standing is convicted of a felony or a Class A or Class B misdemeanor shall notify the court where the certificate was issued of the conviction.

(c) The court may hold a hearing on the revocation, and the district attorney who received a copy of the original petition under subsection (4) of this section may appear and be heard at the revocation hearing.

(d) The clerk of the court shall immediately provide notice of the revocation of the certificate, in the form of a court order, to the Department of State Police and other agencies as directed by the court.

(e) Upon receiving notice of the revocation of the Certificate of Good Standing, the Department of State Police shall:

(A) Enter the revocation of the certificate into the Law Enforcement Data System maintained by the Department of State Police and the databases of the National Crime Information Center of the United States Department of Justice; and

(B) Ensure that the results of any criminal records check performed by the Department of State Police concerning the person who is the subject of the revoked Certificate of Good Standing accurately reflect the status of the certificate.

(f) Any person who knowingly presents, or attempts to present, a revoked or otherwise invalid Certificate of Good Standing as a valid certificate commits a violation.

(10) The clerk of the circuit court of each county shall make available the petition forms described in subsection (3)(a) of this section without charge.

(11) A district attorney may not condition a plea offer on future eligibility or ineligibility for a Certificate of Good Standing. [2017 c.526 §1]

Sec. 2. In a claim for negligent hiring of an employee, there is a rebuttable presumption that the employer was not negligent if the employer had notice at the time of the hiring that the employee was the subject of a valid Certificate of Good Standing as described in section 1 of this 2017 Act. [2017 c.526 §2]

Sec. 3. Sections 1 and 2 of this 2017 Act are repealed on January 2, 2022. [2017 c.526 §3]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 137—Judgment and Execution; Parole and Probation by the Court, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors137.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.