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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Can I Expunge My Criminal Record in Ohio?

If you've been convicted of a crime, then you’re probably aware of the many ways in which a criminal record can affect your life. From difficulty obtaining a job to problems finding suitable housing, a criminal record is something to be avoided at all costs. Luckily, Ohio law permits people who've been convicted of certain crimes to expunge their records. If you have been convicted of a crime in Ohio, please review the information below, and contact one of our Ohio criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible to explore your expungement options. 

Ohio’s expungement requirements 

In Ohio, at least one of the following requirements must be met for an individual to be eligible for expungement:

  • One felony conviction
  • No more than two misdemeanor convictions
  • One felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction

Expungement limitations: felonies

Although some felonies are eligible for expungement in Ohio, many others are not. Felonies that are eligible for expungement include most shoplifting, assault, and drug offenses. 

Felonies that are ineligible for expungement in Ohio include:

  • First-degree felonies
  • Second-degree felonies
  • Felonies that are subject to a mandatory prison term
  • Sex crime convictions
  • Violent crime convictions
  • Any felony conviction involving a victim under 18 years old
  • Certain vehicle offenses 
  • Bail forfeitures in traffic cases 

Expungement limitations: misdemeanors

Most misdemeanors in Ohio are eligible for expungement. However, the following misdemeanors are excluded: 

  • First-degree misdemeanor convictions for violent offenses except riot, assault, inciting to violence, or inducing panic
  • First-degree misdemeanor offenses involving a victim under 18 years old 
  • Convictions after October 10, 2007, for public indecency, displaying matter harmful to juveniles, voyeurism, crimes involving prostitution, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles, and pandering obscenity

Ohio Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in Ohio, you may be able to expunge your criminal record. However, given the complicated nature of expungement in Ohio, it is necessary to consult with an attorney before initiating the process. For assistance with expungement in Ohio, please contact the experienced attorneys at Cox Keller Lusardi, where our  Ohio criminal defense attorneys will work with you to expunge your criminal record.

At Cox Keller Lusardi, we regularly represent residents of the Miami Valley region of Ohio who have been convicted of or charged with crimes, utilizing our extensive criminal defense experience to ensure that all of our clients receive the strongest representation possible. 

We understand the terrible anxiety engendered criminal charges and convictions. Therefore, you can count on our experienced criminal defense attorneys to treat you with respect and compassion as we fight for your rights. If you've been convicted of a crime in Ohio, please contact us as soon as possible for a consultation.





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