Expungement is a provision that allows a person with a particular criminal record to have that record cleared. Each state has its own rules as to what types of crimes can be expunged and what length of time must pass before those criminal records are eligible to be removed and possibly destroyed. If you believe you may be eligible to apply for records-expungement, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation stresses the importance of hiring an attorney.
OKLAHOMA RECORDS-EXPUNGEMENT COUNSEL
If you have been living with a criminal record, you understand how challenging it can be to build personal credibility. When potential employers, loan officers, landlords and a number of other parties do background checks or request criminal record histories, any sign of criminal record may disqualify you for the job, the rental or the loan you are seeking. Successful expungement can allow you to legally answer “no” to have you been convicted of a crime.
REASONS FOR PURSUING EXPUNGEMENT
You may want to consider seeking record expungement when your criminal record causes any of the following:
- Desirable colleges, universities or grad schools are not accepting your application
- Apartment complex, condominium or rental home owners and management won’t allow you to rent
- Denied professional permit application
- Your name keeps showing up in background checks
- You are not receiving offers from employers for jobs for which you are otherwise qualified
- Requests to travel abroad have been disallowed
- Any other automatic denials based on your criminal record
OKLAHOMA EXPUNGEMENT CASES
In the state of Oklahoma, expungement is in two criminal law categories – Section 18 and Section 991(c).
If a Section 18 expungement is issued, it will allow for your entire criminal arrest records to be expunged.
Oklahoma’s Section 991(c) expungement is a type of records-clearing that applies to people who have been given a deferred sentence. A Section 991(c) expungement is different from Section 18 in that it does not completely remove the arrest record. Instead, when someone has received a deferred sentence, a Section 991(c) expungement would update the disposition of that person’s case to show “Pled guilty. Case dismissed.” on the records.
Whether you were given a deferred sentence or you believe you have fulfilled the requirements for having your case fully expunged, contact the responsive and caring attorneys at Foshee & Yaffe in Oklahoma City today.
FILING YOUR EXPUNGEMENT PETITION
After your free case evaluation, we will discuss the appropriate next steps in filing your petition for expungement of your arrest record. The State of Oklahoma requires that we file that petition to the District Court where your arrest occurred.
You don’t have to go through this process alone, and in fact, it is imperative that you don’t attempt to do so. Not only will Foshee & Yaffe help you miss common pitfalls in the petition process, we will provide you with a fighting chance to pursue the best possible outcome with the strength of experienced representation in court.
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