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Expungement Lawyers with Experience

Even though you're spending money now, hiring an experienced attorney like The Law Office of Dave Stockwell in Norman, Oklahoma, can save you money in the long run. You could be charged with court costs and heavy fines. We may be able to preempt those charges as well as make sure you don't miss too many days of work, jeopardizing your financial stability.

The Basics of Oklahoma Expungement Law

If you have a criminal background, you may find that certain aspects of your life are more difficult, including job hunts, being approved for housing, or seeking financial aid for school. Fortunately, depending on the circumstances, you may be able to expunge and seal your criminal records under Oklahoma law. You can avoid having to disclose your criminal background to potential employers and others. However, obtaining an expungement can be a complex process, which is why it is best to speak to an experienced attorney.

Sealing Your Criminal Record After Probation

If you plead guilty or no contest to an alleged criminal offense, you may be able to seal your criminal record if the court gives you a deferred sentence. Essentially, a deferred sentence is when the judge finds you guilty but postpones your sentencing for a set period of time. During this deferment period, the judge will place probation restrictions upon you, such as the payment of fines, completion of DUI school, avoiding additional arrests, and community service.

As long as you meet the terms of your probation, the judge can dismiss your case at the end of the deferment period, and you can ask the court to have this record expunged. Once your record is sealed, it will not be available to the public. Although, it will still be accessible by law enforcement agencies, such as the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and FBI.

Criminal Records

Other Expungement Options

There are many other instances, however, in which you can expunge your Oklahoma criminal record besides those involving deferred sentences and probation. For example, you may qualify for an expungement if:

• You Were Arrested, No Charges Were Ever Filed, & the Statute of Limitations Has Expired
• You Were Acquitted of the Criminal Charges
• You Received a Deferred Sentence, & 1 Year Has Passed since the Completion of Your Probation
• You Were Convicted of a Misdemeanor, You Have No Other Convictions or Pending Charges, & It Has Been at Least 10 Years since Your Conviction
• You Received a Full Pardon from the Governor upon the Finding of Actual Innocence
• You Were Arrested or Charged with a Crime Committed by Someone Who Stole Your Identity

Hire a Skilled Attorney

These are merely a few of the situations in which you can file a petition for expungement under Oklahoma law. To learn more, you need to contact experienced expungement lawyers—you need The Law Office of Dave Stockwell. We also handle cases involving drugs and narcotics.