Criminal Offense Pardons in Oklahoma
What is a pardon?
A pardon is intended to excuse someone from a conviction of a crime. To gain pardon, the state requires that you recognize that you made a mistake, are ready to ask forgiveness, and can show that you are serious about being a law-abiding citizen.
Obtaining a Pardon in Oklahoma
The process of gaining a pardon in Oklahoma begins with a request for a pardon from the Pardon and Parole Board, which then submits their recommendations to the governor. The Pardon and Parole Board will take into account your criminal history, your civic and employment activities since your conviction, and the completeness and accuracy of your application.
The governor can grant someone an official pardon, and usually agrees with the recommendations made by the Pardon and Parole Board.
There are several factors to consider in order to increase your chances of successfully being granted pardon. To begin with, you must have been convicted of the crime and admit guilt. You cannot be pardoned for something that you did not commit. Gaining pardon typically requires that at least 10 years have passed since you served your conviction, and that you currently are not in prison or have any charges or warrants. Strong character references and demonstration of financial responsibility will also work in your favor.
The Benefits of Seeking a Pardon
Seeking and obtaining a pardon can enable you to move on with your life beyond your offense. While the crime will still be on your record, a pardon will allow you to vote and own firearms, be eligible for more employment opportunities, and enable you to hold public office.
The application process is vitally important to gaining pardon from the governor. An experienced attorney well versed in Oklahoma criminal law can help you make the best possible case for a pardon.
The Hunsucker Legal Group Can Help
Have you served your time for a criminal offense? Are you ready to get your life back on track and put your mistakes behind you?
Contact the Hunsucker Legal Group to schedule a free and no-obligation review of your case. We are ready to get to work for you to ensure that you have the best support possible in the process of applying for a pardon in Oklahoma.