Get Your Tulsa, Oklahoma Conviction Expunged
In certain instances, Oklahoma law allows for the expungement of your criminal record. If you qualify for an expungement, your prior criminal conviction or offense will be completely erased from your record. However, success is never guaranteed, and the expungement process can be tedious and complicated. For this reason and to increase the likelihood for successfully clearing a conviction from your criminal record, you should have a qualified attorney by your side from the outset of this process.
Expungement Under §991(c)
Of the two types of expungements, a 991(c) expungement is the easier one to obtain. If you’ve entered a guilty plea or a nolo contendere plea on a deferred sentence, you can apply for this type of expungement after you’ve successfully completed the terms of your deferred sentence. If you are successful, the clerk’s office will delete your record by transferring it to a confidential index. However, your arrest and the details of your arrest will remain on your record.
Expungement Under §§ 18 and 19
An expungement under sections 18 and 19 allow a person to have their entire arrest record and all convictions erased. This type of expungement is more thorough and, not surprisingly, more difficult to obtain. In order to be eligible for this type of expungement, you must comply with the criteria associated with the seriousness of your charge or conviction.
If you were charged with a misdemeanor offense, you must meet at least one of these criteria: it has been two years since your charge was filed, you have completed a deferred sentence, or you must not have been convicted of any other crimes. For a misdemeanor conviction, and 10 years must have passed since your conviction.
If you were charged with a felony, the felony must have been non-violent and you must meet at least one of these criteria: completing a deferred sentence, have no pending charges and must not have been convicted of any other crimes in the 10 years since your case has been dismissed. If you were convicted of a felony, you must also receive a pardon.
Other grounds for seeking an expungement include having your innocence proven by DNA evidence, receiving a pardon by the governor, having the decision of a conviction reversed on appeal or being acquitted of the charge.
Seeking Help For Your Case
Expungement is a valuable provision of Oklahoma law that can provide you with a second chance of having a clean record. Having one of the qualified criminal defense attorneys of the Edge Law Firm on your side can greatly increase your chances for success in obtaining an expungement. For more information about expungements and for a free, no-obligation review of the facts in your case, call our office today or fill out our online form now.