Ponca City Record Expungement Attorney
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A criminal record can have a serious negative impact on your life, even if the crime for which you were convicted was a misdemeanor. From not being able to qualify for a job to not being able to rent housing, you may discover that a past mistake can come back to haunt you…over and over and over again. Fortunately, Oklahoma allows individuals the opportunity to clear their records and make a fresh start without the stigma of a criminal past.
If you made a mistake in your youth that resulted in a criminal conviction, or if you have since turned over a new leaf since your last arrest, you deserve to move forward with your life without the complications brought on by a criminal past. Call the Ponca City record expungement attorneys at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker to learn more about what you need to do to achieve a fresh start today.
Types of Expungement in Oklahoma
Oklahoma recognizes four types of record expungement. Which type a person qualifies for all depends on the offense he or she committed and when he or she committed it. The types of expungement available under Oklahoma law include:
- Full record expungement under 22 O.S. §18/19
- Expungement following a deferred sentence under 22 O.S. §991c
- Expungement of a Victim’s Protection Order (VPO) under 22 O.S. §60.18
- Expungement of Juvenile Records under 10A O.S. §2-6-109
Though any sort of expungement can help your future, most people strive for an 18/19 expungement. Of course, because it is full record expungement, it is not easy to qualify.
Qualifications for an 18/19 Record Expungement
Full record expungement does not mean what most people think it means. Most people assume that “full expungement” means that their entire criminal record is erased. That is not the case. Each incident needs to go under review and qualify for a type of expungement. If an incident qualifies for full expungement, it means that it will be purged from a person’s record at each agency that holds records. These include arresting agencies, the court, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI). In order to qualify for full expungement, you must fall under one or more of the following categories:
- You were acquitted;
- Your conviction was overturned with orders to dismiss;
- You were proven innocent by means of DNA evidence after your conviction;
- The Governor granted you a full pardon on the basis of the written findings of actual innocence for the offense for which you were sentenced;
- You were arrested but no charges were actually made;
- You were under 18 at the time of the offense was committed and have since received a full pardon for the offense;
- You were charged with one or more misdemeanor or felony crime, all charges were dismissed, you have never been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, and the statute of limitations for bringing an additional complaint to court has expired;
- You were charged with a misdemeanor and had the charges dismissed after successfully completing a delayed sentence or deferred judgment, you have no prior convictions, there are no existing charges pending against you, and it has been at least two years since the last charges were discharged;
- You were charged with a nonviolent felony and had the charges dismissed after successfully completing a delayed sentence or deferred judgment, you have no prior convictions, there are no existing charges pending against you, and it has been at least ten years since the last charges were discharged;
- You were convicted of a misdemeanor, it has been at least 10 years since the conviction, you have not been convicted of any other crimes, and there are no pending charges against you;
- You were convicted of a non-violent felony crime, you obtained a full pardon for the wrongdoing, you have not been convicted of any other crimes, there are no pending charges against you, and it has been at least ten years since the conviction; or
- You were charged, arrested, or have a warrant out for your arrest because of a crime committed by a person who stole your name and other identification without your consent or authorization.
If you meet the above criteria, your record may be cleared and sealed.
Talk to an Attorney Today About Record Expungement
If you are not familiar with the law or with the requirements for expungement, you may go your whole life with a crime on your record that should not be there. Do not let your future be affected by a mistake and call the Ponca City record expungement attorneys at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker to discuss your options today.