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Can I have my criminal record cleared in Ohio?

When you were younger, you made a poor choice that led to a criminal conviction. You regret this mistake every day. Because of your criminal record, you have been turned down for housing, jobs and other opportunities. There is no way to turn back time, but you may be able to expunge an offense from your criminal record.

Expungement does not wipe away a crime from your past, but it does prevent employers or other members of the general public from viewing certain convictions on your record. If you qualify for this process, it could be just the fresh start that you need.

What exactly is expungement?

Expungement is a process by which the court will seal certain criminal convictions on your record from public view. Law enforcement and the court can still view your full criminal record, but potential employers, landlords or educational institutions cannot. This allows thousands of people throughout Ohio to begin again with a clean slate.

Am I eligible to expunge my record?

Before October of last year, Ohio had very narrow qualifications for expungement. Fortunately, the state expanded its expungement law to include unlimited misdemeanors and up to five F4 or F5 felonies. Sexual or violent offenses and felonies above the F3 category are not eligible.

You must also meet certain qualifications to seal your record. In Ohio, you can only apply for expungement if:

  • You did not serve a mandatory prison sentence for the conviction
  • You served a mandatory prison sentence, but were eligible for community control or parole
  • The waiting period before expungement has passed
  • You do not currently have criminal charges pending

Is expunging my record right for me?

Sealing your record is a legal process that can take a long time. However, it can provide a much-needed clean slate that can help you advance your career, find better housing arrangements and pursue your education. If the criminal convictions of your past have hindered your future, expungement may be right for you.

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