Full Expungements vs. Partial Expungements

What Forms of Record Clearing and Sealing Are Available in Oklahoma?

Attorneys at the Nichols Law Firm have in-depth knowledge of eligibility requirements, all required processes and other aspects of expungements in Oklahoma. You can turn to this firm for dependable counsel on your likelihood of success pursuing either of two basic types of expungement under different subsections of Oklahoma Statutes Title 22.

  • Expungement of a conviction/disposition under subsection 991c after completion of a deferred sentence and probation term
  • Expungement of an arrest record as well as the file containing information about the case and conviction under Title 22, subsections 18 and 19

Expungement under "991c" is sometimes considered a partial expungement because it includes removal of a defendant's main file and court information from public access websites but leaves information about the arrest in the record maintained by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI).

This information will still be available on a background check and to law enforcement. If you want to ensure your record is sealed, you should seek a full expungement.

"Full" expungements of the second type listed are more desirable, but the criteria are more rigorous. As of November 1st, 2012, the criteria for full expungement has changed. You may qualify for expungement if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You were acquitted in your case.
  • 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.
  • You were under the age of 18 at the time the crime was committed and have been pardoned.
  • The offense was a misdemeanor, you have no other convictions, no pending cases and at least 10 years have passed since the judgment was entered.
  • The offense was a nonviolent felony, you have no other convictions or pending cases, you have been pardoned and at least 10 years have passed since the conviction.
  • Your factual innocence has been proven by DNA evidence after a conviction.

An experienced lawyer will assess your specific case and offer practical, realistic guidance.

Do You Need a Proven, Knowledgeable Expungement Attorney?

To discuss your eligibility for an expungement and the legal steps necessary to pursue this potentially life-changing step, call the Nichols Law Firm at 866-636-2486 or send an email today. You can meet with a caring, results-focused expungements attorney in Norman or Wewoka.