Clear Your Criminal Record With An Expungement

A criminal record can follow you around for life, but with the help of an experienced attorney, it may be possible to obtain an expungement and clear your criminal record.

An expungement is the legal process of clearing or sealing a criminal record from public view. In Oklahoma, there are different types of expungements. Depending on which type of expungement you qualify for, it may be possible to have your criminal record erased as though the offense in question never occurred.

As of Nov. 1, 2012, any person seeking an expungement of his or her record must qualify for eligibility with one of eight criteria:

  • The defendant was acquitted.
  • The conviction was reversed with instructions to dismiss the case or the prosecutorial agency dismissed the case after such a reversal.
  • The statute of limitations on the offense expired and no charges were filed.
  • The defendant was under the age of 18 at the time the crime was committed and has been pardoned.
  • The criminal offense was a misdemeanor, the person has no other convictions or pending cases and at least 10 years have passed since the judgment was entered.
  • The offense was a nonviolent felony, the person has no other convictions or pending cases, the person has been pardoned and at least 10 years have passed since the conviction.
  • The person's factual innocence has been proven by DNA evidence after a conviction.

In addition, you must now wait two years after you have ended your probationary period and your case has been dismissed to apply for expungement. A qualified attorney can inform you of your eligibility for a full or partial expungment and give you a realistic assessment of your situation.

A criminal conviction or sentence on your record may make it difficult to seek certain opportunities such as keeping or obtaining a job. Criminal expungement is a life-changing service that attorney Drew Nichols can offer his clients in terms of their future. A clean slate means a fresh beginning and a good lawyer can help make it happen.

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When you apply for a job in Oklahoma, a criminal background check is routinely performed through the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI). Some employers will do a quick search online using a public access website such as the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network (OSCN). If you have a criminal history, this could damage your reputation and hang over your head for years to come.

Oklahoma expungement attorney Drew Nichols understands how important an expungement or record clearance is to your life and future.

Contact Us Today

Drew Nichols would like to help you clear your record. He will look at the facts and circumstances to determine your qualifications or eligibility for expungement and what he can do for you. If you were arrested or convicted or received a deferred or suspended sentence for a criminal offense, call Nichols Law Firm at 405-217-4118 or send an email. Attorney Drew Nichols has offices in Norman and Wewoka.