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New Law Expands Eligibility for the Sealing of Criminal Convictions

Previously ineligible offenders may now be eligible to have criminal convictions sealed.

It has been a trend in recent years to expand eligibility requirements for the sealing of convictions. Both the legislature and the judiciary, including the Supreme Court of Ohio, have expanded eligibility requirements for the sealing of records. That trend is continuing.

Beginning October 29, 2018, individuals convicted of any number of non-violent misdemeanor offenses and as many as 5 non-violent, non-sex felony offenses of the 4th and 5th degree may become eligible to have their convictions sealed.

Under current law, an eligible offender is anyone with one felony conviction, not more than 2 misdemeanor convictions or not more than one felony and one misdemeanor conviction. In addition, when 2 or more convictions result from, or are connected with, the same act or result from offenses committed at the same time, it is considered only one conviction. Further, a series of 2 or 3 convictions which result from the same indictment, under certain circumstances, may be considered just one conviction.

Of course not all offenses can be sealed.

If you believe you may be eligible to have a conviction sealed, contact The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. to assist in the determination of your eligibility. Our experienced staff can review your record, determine whether or not you may be eligible to have your conviction sealed and assist in the application process if you are eligible.

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