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Sealing your criminal record in Ohio

If you live in Ohio and have a conviction for a crime on your record, you may find that it impacts your ability to find work or obtain affordable housing, among other possible repercussions. In some cases, depending on your criminal history and the specific details surrounding your crime and conviction, you may be able to attempt to have your record sealed. At Lopez, Severt & Pratt Co., L.P.A., we understand the eligibility requirements associated with criminal record sealing in Ohio, and we have helped many offenders who have since turned their lives around break down the barriers a criminal record can present.

Per the Ohio State Bar Association, record sealing is an option for some offenders who wish to, essentially, erase their crimes from public record so that they no longer impact an offender’s life. To qualify for record sealing in Ohio, you must typically not have more than two misdemeanor convictions on your record, or one misdemeanor conviction and one felony conviction. In most cases, minor traffic violations or possession of marijuana convictions will not factor in when determining record sealing eligibility.

There are also certain criminal convictions that the state will not seal. If, for example, your crime was violent in nature, or if you have a drunk driving conviction on your record, such crimes are typically not eligible for sealing. If, however, you do meet eligibility requirements for record sealing, you can apply for it after a given amount of time passes. If your conviction was a misdemeanor, you can apply for record sealing one year after the last day of your probation period. If your conviction was a felony, however, you must wait at least three years from the day your sentence ends to apply for a record sealing.

When determining whether to ultimately seal your criminal record, you can expect that the court will examine your current lifestyle to assess whether you have changed for the better in the time since your crime occurred. More about criminal charges is available on our web page.


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