Even years after your arrest, having a criminal record can impact your life and prevent you from securing housing, employment, educational opportunities, and more. In Oklahoma, you may be able to clear your name through the expungement process. However, the process of expunging a record is complicated and requires the experience of an Edmond expungement lawyer.
As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we care about our clients and the outcomes of their cases. We will walk you through the expungement process and efficiently resolve your case. There is no reason your mistakes from the past should continue to permeate your life. To learn more about your eligibility to have a criminal record expunged, contact AMA Law today. We offer free consultations and are available 24/7 to answer questions about your case.
Expungement Process in Oklahoma
An expungement is a legal process that involves sealing a criminal record, making it unavailable to the public. While some law enforcement officials and other agencies may be able to access the criminal history, it reduces the impact of the person’s record on other areas of their life.
In Oklahoma, there are two types of expungement. An arrest expungement under Title 22, Section 18 seals someone’s arrest from public view, while Section 991(a) only applies to those who were given a deferred sentence and expunges their plea.
If someone qualifies for an expungement, a seasoned Edmond attorney can help file the petition in the court where the original charges were filed. The court will set a hearing within thirty to forty-five days and will notify all relevant parties or agencies. Unless a party objects to the expungement, the court will grant it and issue an order sealing the records. In the event there is an objection, there will be a hearing to determine if the request should be granted. To learn more about the expungement process in Oklahoma, reach out to our seasoned legal team at AMA Law.
Eligibility for Expungement
Before a request for expungement can be filed, the individual must meet certain requirements. For example, those who were convicted of violent offenses such as murder, rape, or other felonies are not eligible to have their record sealed.
Generally, a person is eligible to have a record expunged if no formal charges were filed, the case was dismissed or deferred, or they were found not guilty or pardoned. Pending charges are not able to be expunged. Someone may also be eligible for an expungement if:
- They were convicted of a nonviolent felony
- They had no other convictions in the last seven years
- They were convicted of a misdemeanor over five years ago
- It has been at least five years since their sentence was completed
Consult our experienced expungement attorneys in Edmond to determine if your criminal history is eligible to be sealed.
Consult an Edmond Expungement Attorney to Review Your Case
We all make mistakes, but a criminal record could follow you for the rest of your life, causing obstacles in your personal and professional goals and relationships. If you are considering having your record expunged, hire an Edmond expungement lawyer to assist you.
While not all convictions are eligible for expungement, our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys can review your case and advise you of your options. We are dedicated to helping our clients resolve their cases and will assist you through the entire expungement process. Contact AMA Law today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.