If you have been convicted of a crime in Oklahoma, there is a way for you to receive an official pardon from the Governor. To begin the process, there is a pardon application form to fill out and documents you must gather to submit to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. The Board will go over your application and then, if they see fit, recommend it to the Governor of Oklahoma to consider granting you a pardon.
Once you know if you qualify for a pardon, it is vitally important your pardon application is filled out to the exact specifications laid out by the Board. Here are the things your application needs.
The application form must be filled out in its entirety. Every signature line must be complete and, where necessary, notarized. Any part not filled out can result in the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board denying the request.
Character Affidavits and Support Letters
Anyone applying for a pardon in Oklahoma may include with their application letters of support and character affidavits. These will provide the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board with evidence that you have turned your life around and deserve to be presented to the Oklahoma Governor for a pardon.
These letters and affidavits must be signed by the writer, dated recently, and notarized. You must also present the name, address, and home and work phone numbers for every person who is submitting letters and affidavits on your behalf. The following are examples of people who could provide you with a letter or affidavit:
- Prosecutor or Judge from the Applicant's actual case
- Law Enforcement
- AA or NA sponsor/sponsee
- Religious leader
Other Required Documents
In addition to the letters, affidavits, and the application, you will need to provide further documentation to prove you are eligible for the Oklahoma Governor to pardon your offense. From the county where you were convicted you must present a certified copy of the judgement and sentence.
An applicant will also need a certified statement from the Court Clerk stating that all fines, fees, and any other financial form of restitution has been paid in full (for each conviction). The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board will also need a recent credit report, verification of residence, and a verification of employment.
As you begin the process of applying to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, having a knowledgeable attorney ensure you are presented to the Board in the best possible light is key. An experienced pardon attorney will help you put forth your very best effort to ensure that your application is complete, ready for review, and, ultimately, successful.
Call Clean Slate Lawyers today to be paired with an attorney with the kind of experience you want as you pursue a pardon in Oklahoma. Call or text our team today at (405) 351-6833 to be connected with an attorney who gets the job done.