When a person is convicted of a felony, certain rights and privileges are taken away. Any person who has been convicted of a felony, and qualifies for a pardon, may petition the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to receive an official pardon from the Oklahoma Governor. A pardon does not erase the conviction, but it does restore the following rights and privileges that were taken away upon conviction.
Anyone convicted of a felony no longer has the right to own a firearm and is not permitted to be anywhere where a firearm is present. Only a person convicted of a non-violent felony may have their firearm privileges restored with a pardon from the Oklahoma Governor.
Right to Hold Office
The right to hold public office is not extended to those who have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanor offenses. In order to hold public office, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board may be petitioned for a recommendation for a pardon from the conviction.
Right to Vote
A convicted person will not be allowed to register to vote in any election for a period of time laid out in the sentencing. If a pardon is granted, the convicted person will be allowed to register and vote again, regardless of the amount of time otherwise left.
Anyone who has been convicted of a felony may not sit on a jury. If a convict receives a full pardon and restoration of rights, they will then be allowed to perform jury duty.
In the state of Oklahoma, if a person has been convicted of a felony, they may not own any business that requires a liquor license. Further, the spouse or business partner of a convicted person, may also not hold a liquor license. A pardon from the Oklahoma Governor restores this right.
Eligibility for Housing
If you are in need of public assistance housing in Oklahoma, it is very difficult to acquire it with a felony conviction. Once you are granted a pardon, this allows you access to this kind of housing more easily, even though the felony is still on your record. A pardon is an official sign of forgiveness and “seal of approval” from the State of Oklahoma, recognizing you deserve a second chance and your restoration of all Constitutional rights guaranteed to the People of Oklahoma and the United States.
To ensure your petition for a pardon is stress-free and successful, it is highly recommended you hire the right pardon attorney to guide you through the process. Clean Slate Lawyers can pair you with the right attorney for your case. Soon it will be like your past conviction never even happened! Call or text our team today at (405) 351-6833 to be connected with an attorney who will get the job done and keep you in the loop throughout the entire process.