Expunging or Sealing a Stalking Order

Arnold Law: The premier Oregon law firm for statewide stalking defense

Even a dismissed stalking order can affect your job and romantic prospects. It’s a matter of public record. At Arnold Law, attorney Mike Arnold pioneered the Motion to Seal a Stalking Protective Order. Although there is not an Oregon statute allowing for it, like a criminal expungement, we have successfully argued to many judges across the state that the court has the inherent power to seal these embarrassing records.

Until recently, we routinely had these records sealed by the court in Lane County, Oregon. We appealed our first adverse ruling in the case of Cox vs. M.A.L. Ultimately that case was not reversed but its language has opened the door for future clients to file these motions. It’s the first case to discuss the inherent power of the court in relation to a stalking order.

Since this case has been decided, we have cited Cox vs. M.A.L. in other counties and have argued successfully for stalking files to be sealed.

Frivolous/False SPOs

Attorney Mike Arnold estimates that a majority of all stalking orders are either frivolous or clearly do not meet the statutory definition of stalking. Go sit in the the Lane County courthouse on Monday mornings and hear how many of these cases are clearly aimed at gaining an advantage in a custody case, revenge for a break-up, involve a neighbor dispute, or are based on annoying behavior that clearly is protected speech.

At Arnold Law we understand the collateral damage that a stalking order can cause.

Contact an Oregon Stalking Order Defense Attorney

Don’t risk a stalking protective order ruining your life. Make the best of your attorney choice. Call us at 844-920-2910 or send us an e-mail to schedule an appointment with a stalking defense attorney at our firm.

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