Expungements 

Expungement of Oklahoma criminal records (either arrest or conviction) is of critical concern to anyone with a prior conviction, or contemplating a guilty or no contest plea to a current offense. Expungement refers to the cleansing of one's criminal record, or the sealing and destruction of arrest and/or conviction information. An Oklahoma criminal conviction record can follow you for the rest of your life, affecting your family, education, employment opportunities and even the ability to vote. If you have a criminal record in Oklahoma there may be something an experienced Oklahoma expungement attorney can do for you. One mistake should not be the end of your opportunities in life.

Within the law, an appeal is the process for making a change in a decision the court has made regarding a decision. The specific procedures for appealing, including even whether there is a right of appeal from a particular type of decision, can vary greatly from state to state. Even within a jurisdiction, the nature of an appeal can vary greatly depending on the type of case. If you have been convicted of a crime in Oklahoma and you believe you have not had the full benefit of due process you should seek the advise of an experienced Oklahoma appeal attorney,.


You are eligible to apply to have your criminal history expunged in Oklahoma if you fall into one of the following categories:



1. You have been acquitted of the charge; (Found not guilty at a trial)



2. The conviction was reversed with instructions to dismiss by an appellate court of competent jurisdiction, or an appellate court of competent jurisdiction reversed the conviction and the district attorney subsequently dismissed the charge;



3. The factual innocence of the person was established by the use of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) evidence subsequent to conviction;



4. The person was arrested and no charges of any type, including charges for an offense different than that for which the person was originally arrested are filed or charges are dismissed within one (1) year of the arrest, or all charges are dismissed on the merits;



5. The statute of limitations on the offense had expired and no charges were filed;



6. The person was under eighteen (18) years of age at the time the offense was committed and the person has received a full pardon for the offense;



7. The offense was a misdemeanor, the person has not been convicted of any other misdemeanor or felony, no felony or misdemeanor charges are pending against the person, and at least ten (10) years have passed since the judgment was entered;



8. The offense was a nonviolent felony, as defined in Section 571 of Title 57 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the person has received a full pardon for the offense, the person has not been convicted of any other misdemeanor or felony, no felony or misdemeanor charges are pending against the person, and at least ten (10) years have passed since the conviction; or



9. The person has been charged or arrested or is the subject of an arrest warrant for a crime that was committed by another person who has appropriated or used the person's name or other identification without the person's consent or authorization.



For purposes of this act, "expungement" shall mean the sealing of criminal records. Records expunged pursuant to paragraph 9 of this section shall be sealed to the public but not to law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes