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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Can I Expunge My Ohio Drug Crime Conviction?

A drug crime conviction on your record can negatively affect your life in a number of ways. From preventing you from getting certain types of jobs to affecting your ability to further your education, a drug crime conviction is no joke. Therefore, if you've already been convicted of a drug crime, it is in your best interests to try to remove it from your record. The process of removing a drug charge from one's record in Ohio is called expungement. Expungement is available to individuals convicted of certain crimes, including some drug crimes. If you'd like to pursue expungement in Ohio, please review the information below, and contact our Ohio criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible. 

Expungement for drug possession

Under federal law, there are several circumstances under which an individual convicted of drug possession may have his or her criminal record expunged. However, in order to qualify for expungement, a convicted individual must meet the following requirements:

  • Be less than 21 years old at the time of the offense
  • Have no previous drug offenses
  • Have only one felony conviction
  • Have no more than two misdemeanor convictions
  • Have no more than a total of one felony and one misdemeanor conviction in Ohio

Why pursue expungement?

If you have a criminal record, it’s important that you understand the ways in which expungement may benefit you, particularly if you’ve have been convicted of a serious drug crime. There are many benefits to pursuing expungement. For example, following a drug crime conviction, you may face several barriers. Prospective employers, lenders, banks, educational organizations, and others often run criminal background checks on applicants prior to making employment, lending, and similar decisions. In other words, a drug crime conviction can follow you around for life. By pursuing expungement, you may open up doors for yourself that would otherwise remain closed due to your criminal record. Don’t allow your future to be impacted by your past mistakes—contact an Ohio criminal defense attorney today to begin the expungement process. 

Ohio criminal defense attorneys 

Drug crime convictions in Ohio have serious consequences. Therefore, if you've been convicted of a drug crime in Ohio and would like to pursue expungement, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. At Cox Keller Lusardi, our aggressive Ohio criminal defense attorneys will fight for your rights. Our talented attorneys regularly represent residents of the Miami Valley region of Ohio, utilizing our extensive drug charge defense experience to ensure that our clients receive the strongest representation possible. In addition, we understand the terrible anxiety engendered by drug charges and convictions. Therefore, you can count on our experienced criminal defense attorneys to always treat you with respect and compassion. If you need strong legal representation in Ohio, please contact us as soon as possible for a consultation.  

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