A juvenile record is not automatically erased, and a misdemeanor conviction does not “fall off” of your record after a set period of time. Instead, you must properly request an expungement of your record, and your request may be denied. Additionally, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) can challenge your request. For these reasons, it is important to hire an expungement lawyer who understands the correct procedure for requesting expungement and who can help demonstrate your worthiness in the face of law enforcement challenges. You need a new start without the complications of a criminal record.
Oklahoma law allows for the expungement, or removal, of certain records under certain conditions. Not every offense is eligible for expungement, and not every record may be stricken as a result of an expungement. Though some people believe there is a “master record” which holds all arrest and conviction information, there are actually numerous records with the arresting agency, local courts, and the OSBI. The OSBI records are the most comprehensive, but the clearing of your arrest record with the OSBI is subject to strict rules and guidelines, and therefore, fewer people qualify for expungement of these records.
The four types of expungements available in Oklahoma include:
Full record expungement under 22 O.S. §18/19
Expungement following a deferred sentence under 22 O.S. §991c
Expungement of a Victim’s Protection Order (VPO) under 22 O.S. §60.18
Expungement of Juvenile Records under 10A O.S. §2-6-109
Contact attorney Charles E. Douglas today to determine your eligibility for an expungement. 405.329.2300.