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Frequently Asked Questions
What types of ODCR & OSCN court records can be removed?
1. Misdemeanor and Felony crimes, through a process called expungement.
2. Protective Orders, also called VPOs or POs, through a special kind of expungement.
3. Public Juvenile Criminal Records can also be expunged.
Speak directly with an attorney to discuss the removal of your cases from ODCR & OSCN today.
I want my Divorce / Eviction / Small Claims / Civil Case to be sealed. What is the process?
Unfortunately, the Oklahoma Supreme Court's recent opinion in Shadid v. Hammond, 2013 OK 103, took away our ability to seal divorces, evictions, civil suits, and small claims cases.
We can, however, redact specific information such as social security or bank account numbers from filings and the online case records. If that service is of interest to you, please speak directly with an attorney to get started.
Ironically, after Shadid, it is much easier to seal (expunge) a criminal case than it is to seal a civil case. If you feel that isn't right, please get in touch with your State Legislator and let them know how you feel (we already have).
Why do people erase their OSCN & ODCR court records?
1. They are looking for Employment: Employers use ODCR & OSCN as an easy way to do background checks, and having a civil or criminal record can make it difficult to get hired. Clearing your record is an important step in being competitive in today's tight job market.
2. They are concerned about their Privacy: Court records may contain embarrassing information and false allegations, which can send the wrong impression about a person, yet are freely available to coworkers, friends, and family, twenty-four hours a day.
3. They are concerned about Identity Theft: Court cases can also contain people's full name, address, date of birth, and social security number. This information is easily available to identity thieves, anywhere in the world.
Employment: What background checks do employers perform?
Most employers will, at a minimum, do a background search on ODCR & OSCN. All you have to do is type in someone's name, and you can get an idea of a person's history.
Savvy employers will also pull someone's OSBI Report, which functions as the de facto background check in Oklahoma and lists every arrest, court case, and outcome a person has had, no matter how long ago it occurred.
Lastly, large employers like the State and public Corporations will pay a background check company to do a full search on their potential employees, including ODCR & OSCN, OSBI, the Dept. of Corrections, and other sources.
All of these records can be expunged or sealed. Speak directly with an attorney to discuss the removal of your case(s).
Privacy: How public are the court dockets on ODCR & OSCN?
Very. ODCR serves about 6 million unique visitors per year, or 16,200 unique visitors every single day. OSCN does not release usage information to the public, but their number is probably comparable or greater, as they are the "official" repository for Oklahoma's court records.
Identity Theft: Do ODCR & OSCN court records contain my personal information?
Yes. As one example of many, all felonies filed in Logan County in the year 2000 have the name, date of birth, address, and complete social security number of each accused person, whether or not they were convicted. This information is located in the scanned documents inside the case (generally the "Criminal Felony Initial Filing" entry). The same information can be found in other counties, and in other years, with ease.
PLEASE NOTE: As of February 2017, it appears that OSCN has fixed this issue. Everyone here at Michael Risley PLLC would like to thank the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts for correcting this issue.
Speak directly with an attorney to discuss removing your records from OSCN & ODCR.
I want to look someone up on ODCR & OSCN - how do I get around?
Most people simply search by name, but court dockets on OSCN can also be searched by county, case number, date of birth, date of filing, and case type.
These searches can be combined as well - like the prior example, you could view every felony filed in Logan County in the year 2000, for instance, by using all three fields at once: (1) case type (criminal felony), (2) county (Logan), and (3) date of filing (01/01/2000 to 01/01/2001).
Currently, court dockets on ODCR only support searching by county, case number, name, filing date, and activity date. Attorneys can pay a monthly fee for more advanced search capabilities.
What are the details on ODCR & OSCN? What is OUCMS?
The Oklahoma State Courts Network (OSCN), found at www.oscn.net, is the "official" internet repository for publicly accessible Court dockets in the State of Oklahoma. They provide court dockets and link certain kinds of documents for all cases filed in Oklahoma. Their search page is located here.
On Demand Court Records (ODCR), found at www.odcr.com, is under contract with the State of Oklahoma to provide a second publicly accessible court docket website. The public can search for court records from ODCR on its front page.
Both websites are free to the public.
The Oklahoma Unified Case Management System (OUCMS) is the system which will supersede both OSCN and ODCR, beginning sometime after late 2013. Currently, there are no other details available, other than those promulgated by the Supreme Court here.