Are your Oklahoma criminal records or an Oklahoma conviction causing you to struggle in obtaining a job or being eligible for a promotion? Has a conviction impacted your right to possess a gun or obtain a license? Are you unable to rent a place to live? Do you want to clear your name for the sake of your reputation, or do you want to remove a previous poor decision from the public record? You need to contact us immediately to discuss options and your eligibility for an expungement and/or a pardon. At Cincotta Law Office, you will have an experienced expungement and pardon lawyer with extensive experience in clearing clients' records.
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Employers, landlords, and others use your criminal records on record with OSCN, ODCR, and OSBI when making important, life-altering decisions about you. It is extremely important to clear all eligible criminal records from your background. However, if not done correctly, an expungement can be of little or no value. At Cincotta Law Office, we do it correctly, and we keep you updated throughout the process. Contact us today to talk to an expungement attorney and find out if you qualify for expungement.
An arrest, a charge, or even a conviction can haunt you years after the alleged misconduct occurred. In many cases, expungement relief is available under Oklahoma law so that potential employers and others cannot access records that cast a bad light on a formerly accused individual. However, the specific rules governing the expungement process are complicated. Relevant factors can include the particular allegations involved, whether or not the person seeking an expungement has a conviction, whether the individual was a juvenile, how long ago the arrest or case occurred, and whether the statute of limitations has expired. We look carefully at each set of circumstances and strive to restrict others' ability to see harmful information whenever possible.
Before charging you a fee, we want to see what records of you exist, how many of those records qualify for an expungement, under what expungement law does each qualify, and the likelihood that the court will enter an order expunging some or all of the records. We will conduct this analysis of your expungement eligibility and provide you an honest assessment and a game plan for moving forward. Only then, should you wish to move forward, is any fee discussed. We will make sure you have a clear understanding of the process and expected outcomes. The last thing we want is to collect a fee and file an expungement for someone who does not qualify. You can trust the Cincotta Law Office to provide you an honest assessment.
You can obtain a copy of your OSBI criminal background report by clicking here (OSBI does assess a fee, but you are able to obtain the report online and without visiting the OSBI office). When you contact the Cincotta Law Office for your free consultation, please remember to bring your OSBI criminal background report.
EXPERIENCED OKC EXPUNGEMENT LAWYER DESCRIBES EXPUNGEMENTS IN OKLAHOMA
Expungement is a process by which a court orders one or more government agencies in possession of your records to erase, limit access, or amend the records. It can also provide you the legal authority to deny the existence of the expunged arrest or charge, which can be a huge benefit when applying for a job. Not all expungements are the same. David will help you determine which type of expungement to file, what will happen to the records after they have been expunged, and what you can legally state about such records after they have been expunged.
Oklahoma law provides for different types of expungements and expungements of different types of records. Most people seeking expungement relief are interested in expunging an arrest record and criminal court records associated with an arrest. There are also several other types of expungements: Victim Protective Order Records Expungement, Youthful Offender Records Expungement, and Juvenile Court Records Expungement.
In an arrest records expungement, the records that are subject to expungement include the arrest records and the court records. That includes the court records maintained by the Court Clerk and included on OSCN (the Oklahoma State Court Network) or ODCR (On-Demand Court Records). It also includes the arrest records maintained by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), Police Departments, the Highway Patrol, other state and local law enforcement agencies, county jails, sheriffs departments, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (including its Offender Lookup website), and the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board.
The agency ordered to expunge records is required to remove references to the record and limit all public access to the file. The agency must further restrict internal access to the records via its website, other internal databases, and its file. The agency is required to have policies to prevent access to the records.
KNOWLEDGEABLE OKC EXPUNGEMENT LAWYER EXPLAINS OKLAHOMA EXPUNGEMENTS LAWS
Whether someone can obtain an expungement in Oklahoma depends on several variables. First and foremost, one must qualify under one of the Oklahoma expungement laws to be eligible to have the records expunged. Not every type of expungement produces the same result. A court records expungement will not result in the expungement of arrest records. A court records expungement will also not permit one to deny that the existence of the records in future job applications. An arrest records expungement can also be done incorrectly and not include all of the necessary agencies. If an agency is left out of the process, that agency will still have records of you and will not be required to expunge them. In such a case, you will have to either reopen your original case or file a brand new expungement case to correct that mistake. It is essential to have an Oklahoma expungement lawyer to represent you during the expungement process. You need an expungement attorney who understands the distinctions of the expungement laws and an expungement attorney who can advise you about the impact each type of expungement has on your records and your ability to lawfully deny the existence of said records in answers on employment applications and other forms in the future.
Under one of the expungement laws, the court has the authority to expunge criminal court records and references to the case on OSCN. Under a different expungement law, the court has the power to expunge arrest records and court records; however, the arrest records may remain available for law enforcement to continue to access. Additionally, a law permits the court to order the expungement of victim protective order court records, which includes any references to the case on OSCN. Most Juvenile records and Youthful Offender records are unavailable to the public; however, there are provisions to expunge the records and seal them. Some expungements must be filed as a petition and as a new civil case while others can be filed in the criminal case in which the person is seeking to expunge.
KNOWLEDGEABLE OKC PARDON LAWYER DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF A PARDON
Sometimes an expungement may not be enough for what you are seeking to accomplish. Other times, a pardon may provide more benefits than an expungement can by itself. A pardon does not erase a conviction nor does it deem a conviction to have never occurred. Instead, it is a certificate issued by the Governor of the State of Oklahoma restoring the rights one lost when convicted. Due to a conviction, some people may be barred from qualifying for certain government licensing, and a pardon can eliminate that barrier. Additionally, a pardon is often required to restore one's right to possess and carry a firearm. Restoring one's gun rights is often a basis for seeking a pardon and ensuring that your possession of a firearm is lawful. A pardon may also be necessary in order to qualify for an expungement (if the person does not qualify under one of the other categories for expungement).
The process to obtain a pardon is much different than the process to obtain an expungement. Not everyone can apply for a pardon, and certain convictions are more likely to be pardoned than others. Contact the Cincotta Law Office to find out if a pardon is right for you.
CONTACT AN OKC EXPUNGEMENT & PARDON LAWYER FOR A FREE CONSULTATION
Cincotta Law Office helps individuals every day clear up their criminal records. We provide dedicated representation to obtain the expungement relief you are entitled to as quickly as possible.
We offer free initial consultations at our Oklahoma City office, located near Quail Springs Mall. To discuss your situation with an experienced Expungement and Pardon Attorney, please contact David A. Cincotta.