I am currently most likely eligible for having an adult peaceful protest arrest (misdemeanor) expunged in the state of Oregon. This would greatly help when I have to move to a new apartment. On the other hand, my public defender never filed a constitutional argument before my jury trial and when I briefly discussed it with him over a year ago, he encouraged me to find another lawyer and do so immediately, because I was almost due to be eligible for expungement anyway.
Well, life happened and I never followed up on it, but I'm wondering: Does expungement preclude getting a conviction overturned? Expungement clearly opens a lot of doors, but does it close any? Is it possible that my lawyer was just wary because of the difficulty of finding a pro-bono lawyer to aid in my case once the urgency was abated by expungement?
raises a lot of questions about when to report and when not to report an expunged conviction. If I get it expunged, when will I have to report it and how will I know? (Employers? Grad school app? Visiting another country? Immigrating to another country? Rental applications?) Is there a set of circumstances where I would report an expunged arrest but not report an overturned conviction? How does an expungement factor in the unlikely event that I'm in trouble with the law again?
And yes, I understand You Are Not My Lawyer and This Is Not Legal Advice.