A criminal record can carry a heavy stigma long after you’ve served your penalties. It may be all someone focuses on when reviewing your application for a job, apartment, education, loan or other status or benefit. At Denker & Zuhdi, PLLC, our experienced attorneys help people in Oklahoma City and the surrounding counties to prepare and file expungement petitions in state court. We will thoroughly review your history and advise you on whether you meet the qualifications to have your criminal record erased from public view.
Oklahoma allows expungements only for certain types of arrests and convictions. A violent felony crime cannot be removed from your record, no matter how long ago it occurred. However, you can seek an expungement in any of the following situations:
Once you submit your petition to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and pay the required fee, it can take as little as one month for the OSBI to grant the expungement. However, the OSBI can deny your expungement petition on public policy grounds if they believe that clearing your public record would be more harmful to the public than it would be helpful to you.
Section 18 and Section 991(c) are common types of expungements. Section 18 applies to a broad range of situations, while Section 991(c) expungements are for more specific cases.
While a Section 18 expungement erases mentions of your arrest and conviction from the public record, a Section 991(c) expungement allows a person who received a deferred sentence to cancel their plea and to have their case record updated to state, “pled not guilty, case dismissed.” A Section 911(c) expungement will remove the record of the crime from public court records but the arrest will remain on your OSBI record, which is available to the public. So you may need to seek a Section 18 expungement to erase your arrest record.
Our lawyers can guide you through the steps needed for the type of expungement that fits your cases, providing informed guidance, responsive care and professionalism throughout.
You deserve to put your past behind you. For legal help with your Oklahoma expungement petition, contact the lawyers at Denker & Zuhdi, PLLC in Oklahoma City. We offer a free initial consultation for new clients. To schedule yours, call us at 405-946-5533 or contact us online.
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