When a person has been convicted of a crime and they have served their time, whether that time included time in prison or community service, some individuals wish to have their criminal record expunged. In the past, Oklahoma law made certain crimes ineligible for expungement. However, recent changes in state law have made it easier for crimes that were recently ineligible for expungement to be expunged. A person looking to have their record wiped clean from public view will need the services of Tulsa expungement lawyers.
Changes in State Expungement Law
The first thing that must be understood is that because of the change in state law, some crimes will be expunged automatically after a person has finished their deferred service agreement. However, this isn’t the case with every crime that is eligible for expungement.
Expungement Through Attorney Prompting
In some situations, especially with criminal charges that used to be ineligible for expungement, the party interested in having their record expunged will have to initiate the action. In these cases, it will take the services of an expungement attorney to make the petition to begin the legal process of expungement.
Expungement of Arrest Records
In other situations, when a person has been found not guilty of a particular crime, provisions within Oklahoma State law will call for these cases to be efficiently sealed. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen without prompting from an attorney. In addition, while a person’s criminal charge may be expunged, there is also the matter of their arrest record. In these situations, an attorney may have to file paperwork to have the courts expunge a person not found guilty of a crime of their existing arrest record as well.
There are a number of complicated issues that go into expunging a person’s criminal record or arrest record. If this is important to you and you have been charged with a crime, found guilty of a crime or you have an existing arrest record from a crime that you are found not guilty of, having an attorney handling the expungement process is essential. It may take some time and a bit of patience, but a person’s criminal record and arrest record can be successfully expunged from public view.