Having your Criminal Record Sealed in Ohio

July 10, 2015

A person is eligible for expungement who has not more than one felony conviction; not more than two misdemeanor convictiions; or not more than one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction.

 

A person is eligible for expungement who has not more than one felony conviction; not more than two misdemeanor convictions; or not more than one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction. 

Some offenses such as minor misdemeanors and traffic offenses do not constitute a conviction.

For most people having a criminal conviction on their record can make finding a good job difficult.  Fortunately Ohio law does provide for expungment of your criminal record under certain circumstances.   

If two criminal offenses are part of the same incident or a continuing course of conduct they may be considered a single offense for purposes of expungement. 

Some adult convictions cannot be sealed. Offenses in Ohio that cannot be sealed include any felony of the first or second degree; most misdemeanor and felony convictions where the victim is younger than 18; and violent offenses. Examples of violent offenses include:

  • Kidnapping
  • Assault (unless it is a misdemeanor)
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Sexual battery
  • Terrorism

Most sexual offenses are not eligible to be sealed, including illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. In addition, several automobile-related offenses cannot be sealed, such as DUI, hit and runs and street racing.

The expungement process can be difficult to understand.  If you are interested in having your criminal record expunged call to speak with an attorney at Schuh & Goldberg and schedule your free consultation today. 

 

 

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