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The Marijuana Breathalyzer: Coming To A Police Department Near You

The Marijuana Breathalyzer: Coming To A Police Department Near You

Oklahoma’s approach to drug enforcement has evolved in recent years, most notably when voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018. But the changing laws have created a major challenge for police departments: How do you enforce existing laws that prohibit “drugged” driving when medical marijuana is legal?


Amy Coney Barrett, Originalism, and the Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett, Originalism, and the Supreme Court

It’s nearly impossible to imagine seeing an arrest take place on TV without the familiar words: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you.”


You Should Vote Yes on State Question 805

You Should Vote Yes on State Question 805

A mom was sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing necessities and toys from a Walmart. A military veteran was sentenced to 17 years for pawning a stolen laptop. A man served 33 years in prison for $400 worth of bad checks.


Our lying eyes: eyewitness testimony is one of the least reliable types of evidence

Our lying eyes: eyewitness testimony is one of the least reliable types of evidence

Thomas Webb III still doesn’t like to discuss the horrors he experienced behind the bars of an Oklahoma prison. Sentenced to 60 years for rape in 1983, he arrived to prison at the bottom of the food chain.


Ballot measure to reform prison sentences in Oklahoma gets endorsement from high-profile Avengers star

Ballot measure to reform prison sentences in Oklahoma gets endorsement from high-profile Avengers star

Oklahoma’s upcoming ballot measure - State Question 805 - would end a long-held practice in Oklahoma of enhancing prison sentences where a person has been previously convicted of the same or similar crimes. The measure has received widespread support, including from some unlikely places.


I was arrested when I was in Law School. It shaped my entire legal career.

I was arrested when I was in Law School. It shaped my entire legal career.

Like most of my clients, I’ve been arrested. It was a scary, confusing, unjust experience that shaped my legal career. Here is my story.


High-profile criminal justice reform advocate Alice Marie Johnson receives pardon

High-profile criminal justice reform advocate Alice Marie Johnson receives pardon

The life of Alice Marie Johnson seems every bit like a Hollywood movie. But to her, the facts of her life leading up to the moment she was pardoned in August are all too real.


Seeking A Pardon: One Man's Journey To Get His Life Back

Seeking A Pardon: One Man's Journey To Get His Life Back

For the last three decades, Jim* has been racked with a singular kind of anxiety known only to ex-felons.


How Oklahoma finally shed its reputation as the prison capital of the world

How Oklahoma finally shed its reputation as the prison capital of the world

The appalling statistics are familiar to advocates of criminal justice reform. Oklahoma incarcerated a greater percentage of its population than anywhere else on earth - including dictatorships and failed states.


Here’s what Oklahoma needs to know about the coming cannabis vote in Congress

Here’s what Oklahoma needs to know about the coming cannabis vote in Congress

Lawmakers in Washington are for the first time considering what was once unthinkable - making marijuana legal nationwide.


“The Innocent Man,” Revelation, and Reform

“The Innocent Man,” Revelation, and Reform

John Grisham is one of the best-selling authors of all time, having published over 40 suspense novels and legal thrillers. Only one of his bestselling books, however, is a true story.


How your protest arrest can become a lifelong criminal record -- and what to do about it

How your protest arrest can become a lifelong criminal record -- and what to do about it

An estimated 23 million people across the United States have hit the streets for protests reacting to the police killing of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the spring of 2020.


Now is the time to take action on your conviction

Now is the time to take action on your conviction

Warren Rawls didn’t measure the time in weeks or months that remained in his Oklahoma prison sentence for nonviolent drug possession. He counted time in days.


The federal First Step Act and why reform is so hard

The federal First Step Act and why reform is so hard

One of the most surprisingly positive and bipartisan moments of the Donald Trump Presidency came in 2018 when he signed the federal First Step Act. Passage of the Act was praised by activists, advocates, and lawmakers across the political spectrum in Washington.


Athletes, celebrities call on Oklahoma governor to commute Julius Jones death sentence

Athletes, celebrities call on Oklahoma governor to commute Julius Jones death sentence

A controversial death penalty case in Oklahoma is prompting fiery debate over criminal justice reform and systemic racism.


Former prison inmates are shedding the stigma and running for public office

Former prison inmates are shedding the stigma and running for public office

Tarra Simmons could hardly believe how far she’d come. The same prosecutor’s office in Kitsap County, Washington that once convicted her of drug offenses and sent her to prison had just endorsed her candidacy for the state legislature. In November, she will be a contender for Washington’s district 23 - a far cry from the prison yard at Mission Creek Correctional where she served a 30 month sentence.


Behind Closed Doors: Domestic Violence on the Rise During COVID

Behind Closed Doors: Domestic Violence on the Rise During COVID

Communities around the nation and in Oklahoma are seeing increased domestic violence reports


What does a criminal record mean for job applications in Oklahoma?

What does a criminal record mean for job applications in Oklahoma?

“Have you ever been convicted of a crime?”


McGirt V. Oklahoma: US Supreme Court decision leaves many questions unanswered

McGirt V. Oklahoma: US Supreme Court decision leaves many questions unanswered

The US Supreme Court handed down a major decision yesterday in McGirt v. Oklahoma that could fundamentally alter the criminal justice system in eastern Oklahoma. The case is based on a question of jurisdiction: Did the State of Oklahoma have the right to prosecute a major crime committed by a tribal member if the crime was committed on a reservation? To decide, justices had to determine if the area was still legally a reservation of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.


[Infographic] Can I get my record expunged? Your 90 second guide.

[Infographic] Can I get my record expunged? Your 90 second guide.

Expungement can help restore critical job, education, and civic options for people with a criminal conviction who want to put it behind them.


Feds walk back from strict limits on convicts accessing stimulus funds

Feds walk back from strict limits on convicts accessing stimulus funds

New changes from the SBA allow some small business owners with criminal records to seek COVID-related stimulus funds.


“The Innocent Man” inspires rare new law In Oklahoma targeting informants who fabricate testimony

“The Innocent Man” inspires rare new law In Oklahoma targeting informants who fabricate testimony

Many Oklahomans are familiar with the horrific 1980’s era murders of Ada residents Denise Haraway and Debbie Carter. The shocking brutality of the crimes and the relative tranquility of the small town they occurred in created a media sensation, and immense pressure to find the killers.


North Carolina joins Oklahoma and other states in expanding expungement laws

North Carolina joins Oklahoma and other states in expanding expungement laws

Several states have automated the expungement process while Oklahoma has opted for a manual approach.


Oklahoma is making expungement of a past criminal record more accessible than ever. Why hasn’t Washington followed suit and passed the REDEEM Act?

Oklahoma is making expungement of a past criminal record more accessible than ever. Why hasn’t Washington followed suit and passed the REDEEM Act?

Every convict serves two sentences. The first is the days, weeks, months, and years assigned to prison, probation, and parole. The second sentence served is a lifetime of stigma for having been convicted of a crime.


Expungement Helps Sex Trafficking Victims Reclaim Their Lives

Expungement Helps Sex Trafficking Victims Reclaim Their Lives

For many, hope for a new life begins with expungement.


Ex-con business owners denied COVID relief despite efforts to make record expungement easier

Ex-con business owners denied COVID relief despite efforts to make record expungement easier

Past convictions are standing in the way of critical pandemic aid to small businesses


Job Licensing is an Impermeable Barrier to Some Former Felons

Job Licensing is an Impermeable Barrier to Some Former Felons

From interior designer to landscape architect, felons face job licensing restrictions


A Hidden History Of Expungement

A Hidden History Of Expungement

Former Oklahoma Senator David Boren once led a campaign to seal FBI records


An Update On COVID-19

An Update On COVID-19

Your safety is important to us. Tulsa Expungement Guy remains available through phone, email and video conferencing while our government responds to the serious public health risk of COVID-19. Now is the best time to maximize your employment opportunities before the economy rebounds from COVID-19. Schedule a phone call or video conference using the form below for a free initial evaluation.


Old crimes in the new era of Oklahoma reform

Old crimes in the new era of Oklahoma reform

Many could already apply to have their criminal records expunged without knowing it


Oklahoma lost the War on Drugs, and the damage is still being done

Oklahoma lost the War on Drugs, and the damage is still being done

Why it failed, what has changed, and what comes next for Oklahoma convicts and their families.


DUI Expungement in Oklahoma: Everything You Need To know

DUI Expungement in Oklahoma: Everything You Need To know

A DUI can complicate many parts of your life, including your ability to get a job or an apartment. If you have a DUI arrest or conviction that is causing you problems, an expungement may be the answer.


Expunge A Misdemeanor In Oklahoma

Expunge A Misdemeanor In Oklahoma

Even a misdemeanor conviction can cause you serious problem long after your conviction. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor that has led to issues with jobs, housing, or school, an expungement may be the answer.


Bill Could Free Hundreds Of Inmates

Bill Could Free Hundreds Of Inmates

House Bill 1269 would require the re-sentencing of drug offenders convicted before State Question 780 went into effect on July 1, 2017. The bill would apply to inmates whose crimes were reclassified from felonies to misdemeanors by the referendum. There are around 1,300 Oklahomans currently incarcerated for simple drug possession.


Supreme Court Significantly Limits Civil Forfeiture In Unanimous Decision

Supreme Court Significantly Limits Civil Forfeiture In Unanimous Decision

The US Supreme Court has applied the 8th Amendment to states and prohibits excessive fines and restricts civil forfeitures:


 Oklahoma’s Incarceration Rate is Now the Highest in the World

Oklahoma’s Incarceration Rate is Now the Highest in the World

When I worked as a prosecutor, my approach for non-violent defendants was rehabilitation, not incarceration. Incarceration does not rehabilitate a person who has a drug problem and once a person who is incarcerated for a drug-related/induced offense is released from prison, they don’t have the tools necessary to get meaningful employment or reintegrate into society.