What is Oklahoma's "Clean Slate" Bill and How Does it Affect Your Ability to File for Expungement

Nov 2, 2021


Welcome to John P. Bennett, Attorney at Law, your trusted legal advisor in Oklahoma. In this article, we will discuss the recent enactment of Oklahoma's "Clean Slate" Bill and its implications on your ability to file for expungement. If you are seeking to clear your criminal record, it is crucial to understand how this legislation can impact your case.

The Clean Slate Bill Explained

The Clean Slate Bill, officially known as Senate Bill XX, was signed into law on [insert date]. It aims to provide individuals with a criminal past the opportunity to have certain offenses expunged from their records, allowing them a fresh start. Expungement is the legal process of sealing criminal records, making them unavailable for public access, background checks, and other similar inquiries.

Impact on Expungement Eligibility

Under the Clean Slate Bill, the expungement eligibility criteria have been expanded, potentially benefiting a larger number of individuals with past convictions. Previously, only certain non-violent misdemeanor offenses were eligible for expungement, but now, the scope has been broadened to include additional categories of offenses.

1. Non-Violent Felonies

The Clean Slate Bill allows for the expungement of certain non-violent felony charges. This is a significant change, as previously, individuals with felony records were generally ineligible for expungement in Oklahoma. With the new legislation in place, those who have turned their lives around and have made positive contributions to society can now have a chance to rebuild their reputation.

2. Qualified Misdemeanors

In addition to non-violent felonies, the Clean Slate Bill also expands the range of qualified misdemeanors eligible for expungement. Some common examples of misdemeanors that may be expungeable include minor drug offenses, petty theft, or DUI charges. However, it is important to note that certain serious misdemeanors, such as domestic violence-related offenses, may still be excluded from eligibility.

3. Waiting Period

One aspect to consider is the waiting period required before applying for expungement. The Clean Slate Bill introduces shorter waiting periods for certain offenses, allowing individuals to seek expungement sooner. However, it is essential to consult with an experienced attorney to determine the specific waiting period based on the nature of the offense and other relevant factors.

Seek Legal Guidance

The expungement process can be complex, and it is crucial to have the right legal support to navigate through it successfully. At John P. Bennett, Attorney at Law, we have a deep understanding of Oklahoma's criminal justice system and extensive experience in expungement cases. Our dedicated team is committed to providing personalized advice and guidance tailored to your unique situation.

Contact John P. Bennett, Attorney at Law

If you are considering expungement or have questions about how the Clean Slate Bill impacts your eligibility, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm. We offer a confidential consultation, where we can assess your case, address any concerns, and provide comprehensive guidance on the expungement process.

Take the first step towards a clean record and a brighter future. Contact John P. Bennett, Attorney at Law today and let us provide you with the legal representation you deserve.

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Kalonji Foreman
This new bill is a game-changer for Oklahomans! πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
Nov 8, 2023
Lauren Derks
Finally, some hope for those wanting a fresh start! This new bill could be life-changing for many Oklahomans.
Oct 10, 2023