Expungements: Restore Your Rights And Your Good Name
At Schumacher Law Group, we help clients in Oklahoma apply for expungements. When you’ve served your sentence and done the work to get your life back on track, having a criminal record can make everything more complicated. Let us help to clear your arrest or conviction from your record so that you can make the most of your life and future and provide for your family. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers help clients in Cleveland, Grady and McClain counties with the expungement process.
What Is An Expungement?
An expungement proceeding is an application to the court to ask that a criminal record be closed. It prevents the public from accessing the information in your court or arrest record. In Oklahoma, an order for expungement means that a criminal or court record is sealed. It does not get deleted or destroyed but, rather, prevents the general public from accessing it unless you provide permission. This means that regular background checks commonly conducted for employment, housing, education or professional licensing will not be able to access your court or criminal record. However, judges and law enforcement will still have access to an expunged record.
Who Is Eligible To Have A Record Expunged?
After you have completed the requirements of your sentence, you may be able to have a record expunged, if:
- No charges were filed against you.
- The charges against you were dismissed.
- You were the victim of identity theft.
- You were the victim of human trafficking.
- You were found not guilty.
- You were pardoned.
- You were convicted of a misdemeanor, and it occurred more than five years ago.
- You were convicted of a crime that is classified as a nonviolent felony.
- You have not had any convictions for the last seven years.
You cannot apply to have a record expunged if you have pending charges for a crime, including either a misdemeanor or a felony. In addition, depending on your circumstances, you may have to wait several years before you will be eligible to apply for an expungement. In Oklahoma, expungements can be complicated, and there are different types of expungements. However, the legislature recently passed new laws that should hopefully make it easier to expunge a criminal record. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys can help you understand if you are eligible for an expungement. They can also help you navigate the application process for an expungement.
Let Us Help You With Your Expungement
At Schumacher Law Group, we believe that good people can find themselves in legal trouble and should not be judged by their worst day for the rest of their lives. Don’t let a criminal record stand in your way any longer. Let us help you pursue an expungement of your criminal record. Call us today at 405-389-2260 or email us to schedule an initial consultation.