If you have been convicted of a crime in Oklahoma, you may qualify to apply for a pardon. A pardon can give you back rights you have lost due to conviction, and is the first step to expunge your record.
Once you have filled out the application and turned all of your paperwork into the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, you will be placed on the docket of the board’s monthly meeting. This can take several months depending on the availability on the board’s docket. Here is what is required of you, and what you can expect at the pardon hearing.
While it is not required, you should be present at the hearing, and you may bring along an Oklahoma pardon lawyer. Your attorney should have expertise in Oklahoma pardons.
Representation is very beneficial to securing the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board’s recommendation to the Governor.
#2. Offer Testimony
You are allowed to speak to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board when your case is called. You have approximately five minutes to speak to them about why they should recommend your case to the Oklahoma Governor for pardon.
If you choose to have a pardon lawyer with you, you may let them speak on your behalf. Only one of you may speak though.
#3. Answer Questions
The Board may have questions about your application or the time in which you or your pardon attorney spoke. The Board may address you or your pardon lawyer. It is important to be able to answer all of their questions to their satisfaction.
The Board votes on recommending you for pardon during the hearing. However, it is not finalized until the Board's week-long meeting is finished. You are allowed to call after 9:00 am on the Monday following the hearing to inquire about the decision. If the Board decides to recommend your application to the Governor for pardon, the Governor then has 90 days to confirm or deny your pardon.
If the Board or Governor denies you pardon, you may reapply one year from the denial date.
The entire process of applying for a pardon from the Governor of Oklahoma must be executed with attention to detail. Hiring an attorney with experience will make the process smooth and much less of a headache. Clean Slate Lawyers will be able to get the job done. Call or text our team today at (405) 351-6833 to be connected with an attorney who gets the job done.