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Oklahoma Expungement Attorneys & Criminal Record Removal Services

If you are an Oklahoman with a criminal record, you probably understand the many ways that having a criminal record can make life more difficult.  A criminal record can limit you from getting the job you want, renting housing, getting professional licenses, qualifying for government programs, obtaining student loans, and many other opportunities which would otherwise be available to you if you didn’t have a criminal record.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation makes requesting criminal records under the Oklahoma Open Records Act inexpensive and relatively easy.  Coupled with countless private background check companies which have become popular over the last few years, finding Oklahoma criminal records is very easy for employers, landlords, and the general public to find criminal records in Oklahoma.  Fortunately, Oklahoma State law allows many Oklahomans to expunge their criminal record, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies. The benefits of expunging criminal record in Oklahoma, has many benefits, some of which include:

  • Being able to legally state that you have not been convicted of a criminal offense to employers and landlords
  • Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
  • Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
  • Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources
  • Eliminating the concern and potential embarrassment of failing a background check by removing public access to sensitive personal information

If you’re ready to move on in life without an Oklahoma criminal record holding you back, our law firm has is here to help—the first step is simply taking our free, confidential Eligibility Test to see if you qualify for an Oklahoma expungement. If you would prefer to speak with one of our Licensed Attorneys or Criminal Records Analysts, please call us toll free at (844) 947-3732.

You can trust that you will get exceptional service form our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and our attorneys are listed as Super Lawyers and rated as Superb Attorneys by prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo.  Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Oklahoma state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!

Oklahoma Expungement Services

There are two main types of expungements in Oklahoma.  An expungement under Section 18 which expunges your entire criminal record, including an arrest record, and an expungement under Section 991(c), which results in a “guilty” plea being changed to “not guilty,” and updating the criminal record to a dismissal—in other words, the conviction is expunged, but the arrest record remains for expungements under Section 991(c).

A Section 18 expungement is obviously preferable, but also has more difficult eligibility requirements.  In many cases Oklahomans can first expunge their conviction under Section 991(c), and then later expunge the arrest and the remainder of their criminal record under Section 18 once its stricter requirements are met.  These rules can be very complicated, which is why we are here to help—the first step in expunging your record is to give us a call at (844) 947-3732, or take our FREE, confidential Eligibility Test.

Oklahoma Expungements Pursuant to Section 18

The best tool for Oklahomans to use in expunging a criminal record is an expungement under Section 18.  Qualifying for this type of expungement has a number of complex rules, but many Oklahomans do qualify to expunge their entire criminal record.

The general circumstances where you will qualify for a Section 18 expungement are:

  • You were found not guilty or the charges were later overturned by DNA or on appeal.
  • You were arrested but never charged with the offense, and the statute of limitations have run for that offense, or the prosecutor has officially declined to prosecute.
  • Your charges were dismissed, and the statute of limitations have run for that offense (this also requires that you do not have any felony convictions).
  • You successfully completed a “deferred sentence” (see below if you do not understand this term) for a misdemeanor, have never been convicted of a felony, and one year has elapsed since completion of your sentence.
  • You successfully completed a “deferred sentence” (see below if you do not understand this term) for a non-violent felony (see below for a list of violent felonies), have no convictions for another felony, and ten years have elapsed since completion of your sentence.
  • You have a misdemeanor conviction, have no other felony convictions or pending charges of any type, and the misdemeanor conviction was at least 10 years ago.
  • You have a non-violent felony conviction, have no felony convictions or pending charges of any type, have received a pardon for the non-violent felony conviction, and it’s been 10 years since your felony conviction.
  • Your conviction was the result of a mistaken ID, where somebody else committed the crime.
  • You were the victim of human trafficking and convicted of prostitution.

A “Deferred Sentence” for purposes of these rules is where you enter a plea of guilty or no contest, and then court agrees to delay court proceedings, and if you satisfy various conditions (examples: fines, probation, restitution, etc.), it will not enter a finding of guilt, and permit the verdict of guilt and/or plea of guilty or no contest to be expunged.

“Violent Felonies” for purposes of the above rules include the following offenses: (1) aggravated assault and battery; (2) assault, battery, or assault and battery with a dangerous or deadly weapon; (3) battery on a police officer, sheriff, highway patrolman, or any other officer of the law; (4) poisoning with intent to kill; shooting with intent to kill; (5) assault with intent to kill; (6) assault with intent to commit a felony; (7) assaults while masked or disguised; (8) murder; (9) manslaughter; (10) kidnapping; (11) burglary in the first degree; (12) burglary with explosives; (13) kidnapping for extortion; (14) maiming; (15) robbery; (16) armed robbery; (17) child abuse; (18) wiring any equipment, vehicle or structure with explosives; (19) forcible sodomy; (20) rape; (21) lewd or indecent proposition or lewd or indecent act with a child; (22) use of a firearm or offensive weapon to commit or attempt to commit a felony; (23) pointing firearms; (24) rioting or inciting a riot; (25) arson in the first degree; (26) sabotage; (27) criminal syndicalism; (28) extortion; (29) obtaining signature by extortion; (30) seizure of a bus, (31)  discharging firearm or hurling missile at bus; (32) mistreatment of a mental patient; and (33) using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a firearm, crossbow or other weapon with intent to kill.

Oklahoma Expungements Pursuant to Section 991(c)

Expungements under Section 991(c) are not as extensive as the Chapter 18 expungements discussed above, but are still incredibly beneficial, as they expunge the actual conviction from your record.  In addition, you may later qualify for a full expungement under Chapter 18 at a later date.

The general requirements to qualify for a Section 991(c) expungement are:

  • You must have successfully completed a “deferred sentence” (described below);
  • The deferred sentence must not relate to a sex crime which requires registration as a sex offender; and
  • You must have completed all of the court’s conditions, including all fines, court costs, probation, and must not have been arrested or charged during the applicable “delay” period.

A “Deferred Sentence” for purposes of these rules is where you enter a plea of guilty or no contest, and then court agrees to delay court proceedings, and if you satisfy various conditions (examples: fines, probation, restitution, etc.), it will not enter a finding of guilt, and permit the verdict of guilt and/or plea of guilty or no contest to be expunged.

Oklahoma’s expungement rules can be quite complex, and the process is typically difficult to navigate without an attorney experienced in these matters. Our law firm is happy to help guide you through the process—we strongly encourage you to take our FREE, confidential Eligibility Test or give us a call toll free at (844) 947-3732 to discuss your eligibility and the process of expunging a criminal record in Oklahoma.  The entire process takes approximately 5-7 months in Oklahoma, so the quicker you contact us, the quicker we can get to work helping you put your past mistakes permanently behind you!

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