Do Not Let A Mistake Effect Your Future
If you’ve been convicted of a crime, or even just arrested, you may have a criminal record haunting you. To get your record expunged, contact an expungement attorney in Oklahoma City and you may be able to start a new life record-free.
You may not be aware that even if you’re charged with a crime and acquitted before conviction, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation keeps a criminal record of your arrest. Court records, arrest records and criminal records from past crimes can make it difficult to move forward with your life once you’ve paid for your mistakes and you’re trying to build a better future.
The state of Oklahoma has various forms of expungement that can help you free yourself of your past mistakes. At Talley, Turner, Stice & Bertman, our attorneys are experienced with the expungement process and can assist you with getting your file sealed. An Oklahoma City expungement lawyer from our team can help you determine what options make the most sense depending on your specific circumstances.
Full Record Expungement
Full record expungement is the most difficult type of expungement to obtain because it’s the most thorough. This expungement will remove your criminal record from arresting agencies, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation’s records, and the court’s records. In addition, when asked if you have a criminal record, this expungement allows you to answer, “no.”
In order to qualify for a full expungement, there are twelve qualifying situations a person can fall under. You’ll qualify for a full expungement if:
- You were acquitted.
- You had a reverse conviction.
- Your innocence was established through DNA evidence.
- You received a pardon.
- You were arrested but received no charges.
- You were under 18 when you were arrested and received a pardon.
- You were charged with one or more misdemeanor or felonies and the charges have been dismissed. You’ve never been convicted of a felony and no misdemeanor or felony charges are pending against you.
- You were charged with a misdemeanor and the charge was dismissed following the successful completion of a deferred judgment or delayed sentence. You’ve never been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, no misdemeanor or felony charges are pending against you, and at least two years have passed since the charge was dismissed.
- You were charged with a nonviolent felony offense and the charge was dismissed following the successful completion of a deferred judgment or delayed sentence. You’ve never been convicted of misdemeanor or felony, no misdemeanor or felony charges are pending against you, and at least 10 years have passed since the charge was dismissed.
- You were convicted of a misdemeanor offense and you’ve never been convicted of any other misdemeanor or felony. No felony or misdemeanor charges are pending against you, and at least 10 years have passed since the conviction.
- You were convicted of a nonviolent felony offense and you received a full pardon for the offense. You’ve never been convicted of any other misdemeanor or felony, no felony or misdemeanor charges are pending against the person, and at least 10 years have passed since the conviction.
- You were charged, arrested or had a warrant for your arrest for a crime that was committed by another person who used your name without your permission.
Deferred Sentence Expungement
A deferred sentence is a time limit set by the judge in which your criminal record will be kept on file until expungement will be allowed. For instance, you can avoid jail time by getting a deferred sentence of five years on a drug possession charge. During this time, you’ll need to abide by whatever the judge orders, which can include probation, community service and staying out of trouble.
If you complete the sentence successfully, your record will be expunged.
Consult an Oklahoma City Expungement Attorney
Speaking to an attorney about the details of your past criminal record can ensure you’re fully informed about your options. If you’re ready to discuss your case in greater detail with an Oklahoma City expungement lawyer from Talley, Turner, Stice & Bertman, fill out the contact form or call 405-467-2858 to schedule a consultation today.