If you have a criminal conviction in Oklahoma, is it worth the time, effort, and money to get a pardon?
If you qualify for a pardon from the Oklahoma Governor, it is worth your time to pursue it. A pardon does not clear your record, but it does have many benefits. The following are the three things you should know about getting a pardon in Oklahoma.
Benefit #1: Your record immediately looks better.
When you apply for a job, there are background checks. Your criminal history will show up on a background check. Once you have obtained a pardon from the Oklahoma Governor, the pardon will show up next to your criminal conviction.
A pardon shows that you have positively changed since your conviction, and have made every effort to be an upstanding and productive citizen. Your employment prospects will be better than if you have no pardon. You will also be able to apply for public assistance housing if needed.
Benefit #2: You will have certain rights again.
Once you have received a pardon from the Governor, you will gain back certain rights and privileges you lost upon conviction. You will be able to vote in federal elections again. You will have the right to hold public office again. You will be able to hold a liquor license. And, as long as you are a non-violent offender, you will have your right to own a firearm reinstated.
Benefit #3: You will be able to apply for an expungement.
An expungement of your conviction will seal your records so they no longer appear on a background check. This means when you apply for a job and they ask you if you have had any arrests or convictions in the past you are able to legally say the incident never occurred.
If you have a non-violent felony conviction, you must have a pardon from an Oklahoma Governor before you can apply for an expungement. If you have made amends for your crime, and are ready to leave your conviction in the past, a pardon followed by an expungement can help you move forward.
Pardon and Expungement laws in Oklahoma have changed. You need to hire an attorney who has educated themself in the nuances of pardon and expungement laws specific to Oklahoma. Clean Slate Lawyers are dedicated to helping their clients who have made efforts to turn their lives around move forward from past convictions. Call or text our team today at (405) 351-6833 to be connected with an attorney who gets the job done.