Oklahoma Expungement Attorneys & Lawyers
Oklahoma City Attorneys Can Help Clear Your Record of Past Arrests through Expungements
The experienced oklahoma expungement attorney & lawyers at Slane & Phillips can assist in having your criminal records permanently expunged. Our attorneys have performed hundreds of expungements over the years. If you would like more information concerning an Oklahoma expungement contact us online or call us at (405) 418-8888.
Many people mistakenly believe that records of past arrests were destroyed because they were not convicted of a crime or because their sentence was deferred. But those old ghosts come back to haunt them on college applications or employment background checks. Even if your case was dismissed your record will still show that you were charged with a crime unless you petition the court to have your arrest expunged. The only way to put the past forever behind you is to petition the court to have your criminal records expunged from public view.
What is an Expungement?
An Expungement is the legal process of sealing a person’s criminal records from public view. There different types of Expungements, and depending on which type you are eligible for, it is possible to have your criminal record completely erased as though you were never arrested. The language describing the method of obtaining an expungement is in Title 22 Section 18, and Title 22 991(c) of the Oklahoma Statutes.
Oklahoma Expungement and Sealing Records Law.
Purging Conviction Information: 22-991C; 63-2410
Purging Non-conviction Information: 22-18; 22-991C;22-305.4
Sealing Non-conviction Information: 22-18 & 19; 22-991C; 63-2410
What types of criminal records, or convictions can be expunged in Oklahoma?
Under certain conditions, Oklahoma law allows for the “expungement” of almost any type of criminal records. However, certain violent crimes such as Robbery or Murder are often difficult to expunge if you received a conviction. Below is a list of just a few of the types of cases that are eligible for expungement:
Acquittal – Found not guilty at trial
If you were acquitted at either a jury trial or bench trial, you are eligible for an expungement under 22 O.S. §18. This section also applies to a person whose conviction was overturned on appeal do to DNA or some other evidence showing actual innocence.
Completion of the terms of a deferred sentence
If you received a deferred sentence as part of your probation, and you successfully completed the terms of your probation, you are eligible for an expungement under either 22 O.S. 991(c) or 22 O.S. § 18, depending on the terms and conditions of your deferred sentence.
Juvenile Convictions – Juvenile Records
If you have a juvenile record for charges you faced before you were 18, you might be eligible to have your records sealed. Only an experienced Oklahoma Expungement attorney can tell you for sure whether you qualify to have your juvenile record expunged.
Appeals and Pardons
If you were convicted of a crime and have received a pardon by the Governor of Oklahoma, or if you were convicted of a crime and your conviction has been overturned on appeal, you are likely eligible for an expungement.
The Oklahoma City Expungement attorneys at Phillips & Associates have a proven track record. We have handled hundreds of expungements over the years and have the experience to handle your expungement Our experienced attorneys will fight for your rights in any expungement case to ensure your criminal records are sealed.
Oklahoma Expungement Laws and attorneys page updated 10/26/2010