Under Ohio law, certain criminal convictions are eligible for "expungement," or a criminal record sealing. Once a criminal record is expunged, it is as if the conviction never occurred, and the information is not accessible to the public. In order to have your criminal record expunged, you must file an expungement application with the convicting court with the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer handling cases in courts in Columbus, Delaware, Cleveland, Mt. Gilead and throughout Ohio.
Am I Eligible For Criminal Record Expungement Or Sealing?
It is important to understand that, in order to have your criminal record expunged, you must first fulfill certain requirements and follow a very specific procedure. You may be eligible for expungement if you meet the following requirements:
- Your criminal conviction is not specifically precluded by law
- Your conviction did not subject you to a mandatory prison term
- You have either one misdemeanor or one felony conviction or you have a combination of two misdemeanor convictions or one felony and one misdemeanor conviction
- You have no pending criminal charges against you
- The statutory waiting period has elapsed
The statutory waiting period can vary from case to case. Typically, you can file for a criminal record expungement for misdemeanor crimes after one year. Felony convictions can be eligible for expungement after three years.
What Crimes Can Be Expunged Or Sealed?
Not all criminal convictions are eligible for a criminal record sealing. Although some exceptions do exist, you might not be eligible for a criminal record sealing if you have committed any of the following offenses:
- First- and second-degree felony crimes
- Crimes in which a victim was under 18 years of age
- Certain crimes of violence
- Certain sex crimes
- Certain traffic offenses
- Guilty conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence
Even if you are not eligible for an expungement, it is wise to speak with an experienced criminal law attorney. Your legal representative can determine if there are other alternatives to expungement, including conditional or unconditional pardons. We believe that our clients deserve a second chance at life, and if sealing a criminal record can provide the peace of mind that you need in order to recover positively from this time in your life, speak with our criminal defense firm as soon as you can.
Get Help From The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc.
Many people have found employment pursuits, educational endeavors, and personal relationships to flourish even without a criminal record sealing. For some, knowing that a criminal conviction has been erased from public record offers a sense of ease. In either situation, The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. is dedicated to providing effective legal assistance to help ensure that you can move forward with your life.
If you believe that you may be eligible to have your criminal record expunged, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer from The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. today. By setting up a free case evaluation with a defense attorney from our firm, we can determine the best course of action for you to take. Call us today to get started.