Having Your Criminal Record Expunged with the Assistance of a Tulsa Criminal Attorney
There are many different circumstances where a person who has been arrested in the state of Oklahoma may need the help of a Tulsa criminal attorney. One particular area that may not have anything to do with any current charges a person may be facing is expungement. Often times, a criminal attorney can help a person start down the road to have their criminal past wiped away.
Waiting Periods and Eligibility
The important thing to remember is that getting a criminal conviction as well as all criminal records surrounding a past conviction expunged is possible. However, there is a certain waiting period before the records can be expunged. In addition, not every criminal offense is eligible to be expunged from a person’s record. Speaking with a Tulsa criminal attorney can help to understand waiting periods, the process of expungement and what that process actually means to a person moving forward.
Wiping the Slate Clean
For example, a person may have a difficult time gaining employment because of a past criminal conviction, even a minor crime. However, the expungement process in the state of Oklahoma effectively seals criminal records and in simple vernacular, it erases those criminal records from ever being opened and exposed. For that reason, a person who has legally attained expungement of their criminal record can say on a job application or in an interview, legally speaking, that they have never been convicted of a crime.
Patients During the Long Legal Process
Much like any legal process, the process of requesting records to be expunged can be a time-consuming and sometimes difficult thing to understand. That’s why it will be important to consider hiring a criminal attorney. The lawyer can look at a person’s criminal past to determine if their criminal records can be expunged under Oklahoma State law. If the person qualifies for expungement, the attorney can file all the paperwork and handle all the motions necessary to have their client’s criminal records expunged.
Whether you’re facing a current criminal charge or you want to do something about your past criminal record, especially if you have already paid your debt to society, a criminal attorney may be able to help. With a bit of time and a bit of patience, if your crime was of a non-violent nature, you may be able to have your criminal record completely erased.