What is commonly referred to as an expungement in Ohio is also known as a sealing of record. The law in Ohio provides that an eligible offender may be entitled to a sealing of record when certain conditions are met. To be an eligible offender, you may only have two misdemeanor convictions, one felony and one misdemeanor conviction, or one felony conviction. There are several other factors that go into determining if one is an eligible offender and if the conviction itself can be expunged.
One of the many other qualifications for an expungement involves timing. When sealing the record of a felony conviction, three years must have passed since the offender’s final discharge. When sealing the record of a misdemeanor conviction, one year must have passed since the offender’s final discharge. It is also possible to have records of dismissals, bail forfeitures, and not guilty findings sealed or expunged.
When applying for an expungement, it is important to note that even if you are an eligible offender, many types of convictions are specifically excepted, meaning you cannot have them expunged or sealed.
The process of sealing a record often requires significant research, applications, a memorandum in support of the sealing of record, court fees, and a hearing. It is wise to hire an experienced Columbus expungement attorney to help you navigate Ohio’s expungement laws.
If you have prior records of convictions or dismissals hindering your ability to obtain gainful employment, certain licenses, and/or restoration of rights and privileges, contact The Maher Law Firm to find out how we can help.