Am I Eligible for Expungement in Oklahoma?
Definition of Expungement
If your criminal record is expunged, that means the record of your arrest, criminal activity, and criminal convictions will no longer be publicly accessible and need not be referenced for any reason. If a criminal conviction has been expunged from your record, you are no longer required to disclose related information to potential employers, interviewees, etc.
Who Is Eligible for Expungement?
Expungement can be particularly important for people who were tried and convicted of crimes committed before the age of 18, as well as for people whose criminal history has a seriously detrimental effect on their ability to leave a life of crime and be an honest, productive member of society. While there is no way to gain pre-approval for expungement, you may be eligible to have your record expunged in Oklahoma if any of the following apply:
- Someone stole your identity and committed crimes in your name.
- You were accused, tried, and acquitted of criminal charges.
- Your conviction has been reversed and dismissed.
- You were younger than 18 years old when you committed the offense, have been fully pardoned for the crime, and have not been in trouble with the law since then.
- You have never been convicted of a felony and are not currently facing any felony or misdemeanor charges.
- You were charged with a nonviolent felony offense and are not facing any current charges.
- You have finished serving your sentence.
- You were convicted of a drug offense and have successfully completed a diversion program.
How Do I Get My Record Expunged?
Even if you’re not sure any of the above apply to you, there are some important steps you can take to get criminal convictions and records expunged. The first and most important step is to contact a Tulsa criminal defense attorney right away. As a person convicted of a crime, you will need a seasoned legal representative to make sure you are given fair consideration in court and provided an opportunity to start fresh and get rid of the criminal charges that are holding you back.
Once you bring on a criminal defense lawyer, you can work together to file a Motion for Expungement, which gets the ball rolling. After a motion has been filed, you may want to seek what is known as a “Certificate of Actual Innocence.” This not only seals criminal convictions and records from public view, but it demonstrates that the criminal record in question should not have existed and that you have always been innocent, despite your charges.
Speak to a Tulsa Criminal Defense and Expungement Lawyer Today
At Saint & Watzke, PLLP, we have served a variety of clients over the years and are prepared to take a personalized approach to your unique case. Regardless of your past, we are prepared to help you begin anew and work together to expunge your record.
Call us at (918) 721-0998 immediately to schedule your complimentary consultation.