Oklahoma Expungements after DUI
Can I get an Expungement in Oklahoma for DUI?What is an Oklahoma expungement? It is the legal process to have an arrest or conviction for DUI erased from the drivers record. In the state of Oklahoma it may be possible, depending on the offense, to get the record expunged.
What will the expungement mean for you and your criminal record? According to the state of Oklahoma, if the conviction is expunged the state "shall be deemed never to have occurred, and the person in interest and all criminal justice agencies may properly reply, upon any inquiry in the matter, that no such action ever occurred and that no such record exists with respect to such person."
The benefits of an Oklahoma expungementOne of the main reasons that drivers choose to have their criminal records expunged is because it can eliminate the humiliation of including the charges on employment applications. The DUI conviction, if expunged, will also no longer be visible to entities who choose to do background checks. What can a background check show? Whether you are requesting a professional license, entering college, joining the military or applying for medical school, a background check may be done. Information that may be accessed by the background check can include information about the Oklahoma drunk driving arrest, information about your conviction, your DUI penalties, your plea agreement, the trial history and your sentencing. Who has this information? The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS), the various Municipal Courts, and the State of Oklahoma's District Courts will all have information about your DUI arrest and conviction, and this information may be kept in their databases for years. Insurance companies may also access your driving record and increase your insurance costs or choose to deny you coverage.
What types of expungements are available in Oklahoma?
- Deferred Sentence Expungement
- Complete Expungement
Hiring a DUI lawyerThe best was to avoid needing a DUI expungement is to not drink and drive. If you have been convicted of a DUI in Oklahoma expungements may be allowed, but as mentioned above, certain requirements must be met. Expungements do not automatically just happen and criminal convictions do not automatically get deleted from criminal records. Drivers must follow through with the proper expungement steps as determined by each state. Talk to a DUI lawyer for more information.
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