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It is Time to Expunge Your Criminal Record!

One of the hardest things to do after a criminal conviction is to move on with your life. Often, individuals who have a criminal conviction(s) are prevented from attaining gainful employment, receiving promotions, or pursuing higher education.

The State of Ohio recognizes the difficulties that one may face when they have a criminal conviction(s) and as such, has set up an opportunity under statutory law to help. To remove barriers that youthful or adult offenders may experience when having a criminal conviction(s) on their record, the State of Ohio, through statutory law, has put in place tools for one to seal, or expunge, their criminal conviction(s). The controlling authority in sealing one’s criminal records can be found in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2953.

To “seal” or “expunge” one’s record means that said criminal conviction(s) is not available for public review. However, keep in mind that the records of conviction(s) are not terminated or destroyed.

Not everyone who has a criminal conviction(s) is eligible to have their records sealed. However, you may be eligible to have your criminal conviction(s) sealed if:

  1. Your criminal conviction(s) that you are trying to expunge is not prohibited by law from expungement; or,
  2. You were found not guilty, or your case was dismissed; or,
  3. You have the following criminal convictions:
    • One Felony Conviction (one must wait a period of three (3) years from the completion of the sentence (which includes completing probation));
    • Two Felony Convictions (after waiting a period of four (4) years from the completion of sentence);
    • Three, Four, or Five Felony Convictions (after waiting a period of five (5) years from the completion of sentence);
    • An Unlimited Number of Misdemeanor Convictions (after waiting a period of one (1) year from the completion of sentence).  

It is important to note that certain convictions may not be sealed, or expunged, and include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Traffic offenses;
  2. Offenses of violence;
  3. Convictions that carry a mandatory prison term;
  4. Certain sex offenses;
  5. Felony convictions of the First and Second Degree

We recognize the difficulties that one may face in trying to seal or expunge their records. If you or someone you know has fully rehabilitated and is ready to move on with their life, White Law Office, Co. may be able to help. Do not be haunted by the past, contact White Law Office, Co. to see if you or a family member qualify in obtaining an expungement.

Matthew A. Kearney

Attorney At Law

This article is not intended to provide legal advice. It is intended to provide broad and general information about the law. Before applying the law discussed herein, please consult with your Attorney or the Attorneys at the White Law Office, Co. 

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