Expunging a Conviction or Sealing a Record in Ohio
- Know what type of record that they want sealed (such as a conviction, a dismissal of the charges, bail forfeiture or a finding of not guilty)
- Be a first time offender
- Petition the court for the record to be sealed
- Not have any current, pending, prior, or subsequent criminal convictions
- Complete the requirements for the court sentence (such as a fine, monetary restitution, jail or prison time, probation programs, etc.)
You should note that minor misdemeanors and additional crimes arising from the same incident may also be sealed. Also, records involving mandatory (not optional) prison time and some serious offenses may not be sealed. Usually a waiting period is required from the date of discharge before a record may be sealed- one year for misdemeanor crimes and three years for felony offenses.
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Last Modified: 06-04-2012 02:16 PM PDT
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