What is Expungement?
When most people think about expungement, they think about it in terms of clearing a criminal record. In reality, an expungement means that the public record of someone’s charges is sealed. Once a record is expunged, a person with a criminal record can have an easier time finding work or getting public benefits. However, you should also know that in some instances, a judge can still give permission for law enforcement to view the sealed records, or for them to be unsealed in order to be used against you as a record of prior conviction in a new criminal case.
Expungement in Oklahoma
Expunging a criminal record in Oklahoma is possible in some instances. A person may be eligible to have their criminal record or even their arrest record expunged. For the best chance at expunging your criminal or arrest record, you need the help of an experienced attorney.
Is There More Than One Kind of Expungement?
Yes! What many lawyers, Judges and Assistant District Attorneys may not tell you is that just because your public record may be expunged and sealed after completion of your deferred sentence (known as a 22 O.S. 991(c) expungement), a background check through OSBI will still show your arrest; although it should reflect your case was dismissed. This can still make getting a job problematic. Arrest record expungements are governed by 22 O.S. 18.
I Completed a Deferred Sentence, but my Case Still Shows up on Public Record. What Do I Do?
If you have completed your deferred sentence and your charges still appear on Public Record, such as on OSCN.net, you may be eligible for a 991(c) expungement. Many counties require a special request for a 991(c) expungement after the completion of your deferred sentence. Contact Faulk Law Firm, PLLC. for help.
Am I Eligible for an Arrest Record Expungement?
It depends! Generally you will be eligible for an arrest record expungement if:
Should You Hire an Attorney?
Many people decide to try and expunge their records on their own. Since not all criminal charges or arrests are eligible for expungement, those who try to do their own expungements often feel victimized by the system or they become overwhelmed at filing the right documents and making sure that the right people are notified.
If you’re considering a criminal record expungement, you should retain the services of a qualified lawyer. You’ll have the best chance possible at clearing your record, and you’ll also have less stress.
Contact Faulk Law Firm, PLLC. for a Free Consultation
Robert R. Faulk and his staff provide expert representation during expungements. Find out how you can schedule your free consultation to discuss your case and find out more about payment plans today: 580-249-9100.