It is possible to qualify for a pardon in Oklahoma if you have been convicted of a felony.
A lot of hard work goes into improving your life after a felony conviction. Once you do so, you’re still stuck with a record that follows you around and prohibits you from doing certain things.
- You are not allowed to have a firearm.
- Your employment prospects are limited.
- You may not vote.
- You may not qualify for public housing.
- You may not sit on a jury.
- You may not volunteer in some schools or organizations.
- You may not hold public office.
- You are ineligible for a liquor license and other licenses.
All of these things can be reversed with a pardon from the Governor of Oklahoma.
Move Forward With Your Life
In order to get a pardon in Oklahoma, you must first fill out an application and submit paperwork to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. Once your application is submitted the Board will consider your pardon request on the first available docket they have at their monthly hearings. You will be allowed to speak for approximately five minutes at the hearing if you so choose. You are also allowed to have an Oklahoma pardon attorney speak on your behalf.
The Pardon and Parole Board will vote at the hearing immediately after you or your pardon attorney have had a chance to plead your case and the Board has asked questions, but it is not finalized until the Board's week-long meeting is complete. You will be able to call to learn the final verdict after 9:00 am the following Monday. If the Board approves your application, it will be sent on to the Oklahoma Governor and he/she will have 90 days to approve or deny the pardon.
A pardon will restore your rights and privileges that were lost when you were convicted. However, the your right to own a firearm will only be restored for non-violent offenders. While your record is not erased, it is beneficial to have a pardon from the Oklahoma Governor show up on your background checks as well. It shows you have substantially turned your life around and improved your character since you were convicted of the felony.
Only The First Step
If you are approved for the pardon, then you are able to move forward to the expungement process as long as you are a non-violent offender. An expungement in Oklahoma will seal your records; your arrest and conviction will not show up on a background check and you no longer have to inform anyone of your conviction. You will truly be able to move on from your felony conviction and not have the stigma of the conviction follow you any longer.
The key to obtaining a pardon from your felony conviction in Oklahoma is securing the right legal representation. Clean Slate Lawyers has passion for helping those convicted of a felony move on with their lives.
Call or text our team today at (405) 351-6833 to be connected with an attorney who gets the job done. We can give you the freedom that comes with a pardon and then in time an expungement of your felony conviction in Oklahoma.