Juvenile Record Expungement in Oklahoma

Impulsiveness, peer pressure, and a lack of basic maturity can lead many young people to make poor decisions with harsh consequences.  For some juveniles, a foolish decision can lead to a conviction of a criminal offense.  Although probation or incarceration in a juvenile detention facility can be a terrible hardship for any teen, often, the toughest challenge comes when, as an adult, a person tries to put his or her youthful indiscretions in the past.  The criminal record associated with a juvenile conviction can haunt future prospects for employment and educational opportunities.  An expungement can help you clear your record, moving forward from a difficult past into a brighter future. Many people mistakenly believe that all juvenile records are confidential.  They are not.  Others think that record of a juvenile crime is automatically cleared when the defendant reaches the age of 18.  It is not.  Juvenile records are not automatically expunged, and prosecutors and law enforcement agencies have the right to protest any expungement requests.  For this reason, it is important to proceed with any attempt to clear your record with the help of an experienced expungement attorney in Oklahoma. In order to be eligible for a juvenile expungement record in Oklahoma, certain conditions must be met.  You may be able to successfully petition for your court records to be sealed and your arrest record to be purged if you satisfy the conditions outlined under Title 22 O.S. §18 and Title 10A O.S. § 2-6-109 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Title 22 O.S. §18 states that if a person was younger than age 18 at the time of the offense, and if he or she has since received a full pardon for the offense, that person may petition for expungement of the juvenile record. Title 10A O.S. § 2-6-109, which deals with juvenile offenses, states that a person aged 21 or older may petition the juvenile court for the expungement of the juvenile record under these specific conditions conditions:

  • The petitioner has not been arrested for any adult offense and has no current or pending charges
  • The petitioner has neither been convicted of any criminal offense nor been the subject of a deferred sentence
  • All court requirements, including court costs and fines, have been satisfied and paid for juvenile proceedings
A juvenile offense such as underage DUI, petty theft, or assault should not have to ruin one's opportunity to become a productive and contributing adult.  To find out if you qualify for a fresh start through the clearing of your juvenile record, consult an Oklahoma City expungement lawyer who can explain your options and help you petition the court to seal your juvenile court record.