Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a serious criminal offense in Oklahoma. A DUI conviction can have long-term consequences, including jail time, fines, and a criminal record that will follow you for many years. But can you clear your record if you’ve been convicted of a DUI?
Expungement means that your criminal record will be sealed and inaccessible by most employers or other organizations who might conduct background checks on you. However, the process for expunging DUI convictions can be complicated and requires legal help to navigate successfully.
At Parsons, Graham & Day LLC, we understand the importance of clearing your criminal record after being convicted of a DUI and are here to help guide you through this difficult process. Our experienced Oklahoma defense attorneys can help explain the laws related to expunging DUI convictions so that you know what steps to take concerning your case. Contact us today for more information!
What is Expungement?
Expungement is the process by which criminal records are sealed so that they cannot be accessed except in limited circumstances. In Oklahoma, after a conviction has been expunged, it will not show up on most background checks, and the individual can legally deny any knowledge of or involvement in the offense.
With a deferred sentence, the court essentially “defers” a guilty or no-contest plea on your record for a set period of time if certain conditions are met. After that time has passed (usually one year), the court will dismiss the charge, and you may then be eligible to have it expunged from your criminal record.
On the other hand, if you were convicted of a DUI charge (a final judgment was entered), you would need to file an application for sealing with the court to remove it from your record. Depending on how long ago this occurred, there may also be additional qualifications that must be met before a conviction can be sealed. An experienced attorney can help you through every step of this process.
Can I Get a DUI Expunged in Oklahoma?
Having a DUI conviction on your record can be detrimental to your future. It may limit your employment prospects, housing, and financial opportunities. In Oklahoma, there is hope for individuals who have been convicted of DUI.
You may be eligible for expungement if the following criteria are met:
- Certain types of offenses occurred more than 5-10 years ago
- You have not committed any other crimes
- Your mandatory sentence has been served
- You have no pending criminal cases
What are the Benefits of an Expungement?
An expungement, or the setting aside of a criminal conviction, can have multiple benefits for those convicted of a DUI in Oklahoma. Expungements can help individuals with past convictions to:
- Improve their employment prospects by having their criminal record cleared
- Help them secure professional licenses or educational opportunities that past convictions may restrict
- Receive other forms of financial assistance and housing opportunities
- Have improved access to public services and benefits
The process of an expungement is relatively straightforward, although applicants must meet certain criteria before they are eligible. Applicants must have completed all court-imposed sentences for their DUI conviction, including probation or parole. They must also not have any pending criminal charges.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer to Get My DUI Expunged?
Getting a DUI conviction expunged in Oklahoma is possible, but choosing the right process can be complicated. A criminal defense attorney from our firm can help you understand the laws related to expunging DUI convictions and guide you through each step of the procedure. Why not use our legal experience and knowledge to your advantage?
At Parsons, Graham & Day LLC, our knowledgeable team of attorneys are here to help clear your record so that you no longer suffer from its long-term consequences. Contact us today at 918-553-5571 for more information about how we can assist with getting a DUI conviction expunged!