Ohio Criminal Expungement
If you have an Ohio criminal record, you already know how frustrating it can be to have a criminal record hold you back in life. Getting the job you deserve, housing you want, and taking advantages of many opportunities in life can be difficult, if not impossible for those with a criminal record in Ohio. Thankfully, Ohio law allows many with criminal records to seal their record, leave their mistakes in the past, and move on with life. If you qualify to seal a Ohio criminal record, it will be completely sealed from the public and you can truthfully say that you have not been convicted of the sealed offenses.
While not everyone with a criminal record in Ohio qualifies to seal or expunge their record, Ohio has fairly liberal laws relating to record sealing, which have recently been expanded to permit more expungement opportunities—in 2012 Ohio Senate Bill 337 made record sealing available to those with multiple convictions, and in 2014 Ohio Senate Bill 143 was passed, removing additional barriers to sealing a criminal record in Ohio. If you did not qualify to seal your Ohio criminal record in the past, these new laws may now provide you with an opportunity to do so.
Thousands of Ohio residents are now eligible to expunge their criminal records, improving their employment options, making it easier to get quality housing, and making countless opportunities available to them which were previously unavailable to them. Are you eligible to seal your criminal record? Our attorneys are happy to speak with you for free to let you know! To see if you’re eligible to seal or expunge your Ohio criminal record, take our FREE and confidential eligibility test. If you would prefer to speak with one of our Attorneys or Criminal Records Analysts, please give us a call toll free at (844) 947-3732.
Figuring out whether you qualify for an expungement under Ohio’s new record sealing laws can be difficult, and the legal process to seal your record can be exceedingly complicated and time consuming. As a result, hiring a law firm with attorneys focused on record sealing and expungements is the best way to maximize your chances of successfully sealing your record and moving on with life.
We understand that an expungement is an investment in your future and for that reason, we offer flexible payment plans. All of our services come with a low price guarantee, and most Ohio criminal record removal services have money-back guarantees.
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Expungement of Arrest Records in Ohio
When you are arrested by Ohio law enforcement, the State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and other Ohio criminal justice agencies will maintain your arrest records, regardless if you are never charged, charges are dismissed, or you are found innocent. While it may not be fair, these records are freely available to the public, meaning that employers, landlords, and anybody with an interest in you, can discover embarrassing criminal incidents where you weren’t event convicted of a crime.
To seal arrest records where charges were not filed against you, were eventually dismissed, or where you were later found innocent, ORS 2953.52 provides relief in most cases. Dismissed cases can be sealed immediately, and cases resulting in a “no bill” from the grand jury can be sealed after two years. In general, there are very few limitations on sealing criminal arrest records which did not result in a conviction.
Sealing Ohio Convictions
ORS 2953.32 permits the sealing of both felonies and misdemeanors, so long as certain requirements are met.
You may qualify to seal convictions from your Ohio criminal record if each of the following conditions are met:
- For felony convictions, three years must have elapsed since your final discharge;
- For misdemeanor convictions, one year must have elapsed since your final discharge;
- You must not have any pending charges or criminal proceedings pending;
- You cannot have more than either (i) one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction in any state, or (ii) two misdemeanor convictions in any state;
- The conviction you are seeking to seal may not be a prohibited offense under ORS 2953.36, some of which include:
- Convictions resulting in a prison term;
- Certain sex crimes;
- Driver’s license and motor vehicle violations;
- Felonies in the first or second degree;
- Most violent offenses which are either felonies or misdemeanors in the first degree; and
- Felonies or misdemeanors in the first degree where the victim was under 18.
- The court finds that you have been successfully rehabilitated.
Ohio’s new record sealing laws have greatly increased the availability for those with criminal records in Ohio to seal their records, however, the process involves a lot of work, and is discretionary—a judge has the ultimate say in expunging a conviction from your record. The process of obtaining an expungement typically takes between four and five months, so waiting until you need your criminal record cleaned up is typically too late—starting the process as soon as possible is vital to ensuring that you do not miss out on any more opportunities in life. The best way to determine if you’re eligible to seal an Ohio arrest record or conviction is to take our Free, Confidential Eligibility Test or call us toll free at (844) 947-3732 to discuss your options.
Click here to read the Ohio expungement statute.
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