Sometimes bad things happen to good people. But there’s no need for a mistake to follow you forever. An arrest doesn’t have to remain visible to employers and the general public.
An expungement seals your criminal record from public view. Successfully expunging your record entitles you to say that you do not have a criminal record when asked, such as on job applications. You can’t be compelled to share your record and you can’t be denied a job or housing for refusing to show an expunged record.
Research shows that people with expunged records see a major increase in employment opportunities, salary, and benefits.
A criminal record in Oklahoma is basically a second sentence you serve for life. It can restrict you from certain job licenses, liquor licenses, jury participation, public housing, student loans, voting and running in elections, possessing firearms, and more.
Many jobs require a license or certification with a background check. Employers, universities, and lenders use arrest records to reject applicants, even when charges were dismissed.
But there is a path to move past a conviction and retake control of your life.
Applying to expunge your record is challenging and complicated. It is crucial to present the most persuasive and complete argument possible in your petition.
The court must weigh your request for expungement against the public’s interest in having your record remain visible. Police and the State of Oklahoma can intervene to block your expungement, even if you satisfy all requirements.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) recommends hiring a legal representative for navigating the process of expungement. In fact, the agency makes this explicit warning:
“The OSBI strongly suggests you get a lawyer to advise you of the proper actions to take. If you decide to represent yourself, the court will hold you to the same standards for knowing and following applicable law as it would an attorney.”
You’ll want the best advocacy possible to present a compelling case and overcome any challenges. We can help you navigate the expungement process and put your best case before the court.
New Oklahoma laws make it easier than ever to seek relief through expungement:
There’s never been a better time to move on and get your life back. Your past doesn’t have to define your future. We have helped hundreds of people move on with their lives from a mistake without serving a second, permanent sentence in the form of a criminal record. Schedule a free consultation with us today to discuss your eligibility.
Don't let a past arrest control your life. Tell us a little about yourself so we can see if you qualify for an expungment. Our initial evaluation is always free.