Expungement

Your criminal record does not have to haunt you for the rest of your life.

Conviction of a crime can have a serious impact on your future. Even after you’ve completed your sentence, your criminal record can negatively affect your ability to get a job, rent an apartment, or enroll in higher education.

Fortunately, you may be able to get your record expunged, or sealed. When your record is expunged, it’s like the conviction never even happened. The conviction disappears from your criminal record.

You may be surprised at the types of convictions that can be expunged from your record. Recent changes in Ohio law have opened up expungement as an option to more people.

You might be eligible for expungement if:

  • You have two misdemeanors that qualify
  • You have one misdemeanor and one felony that qualify
  • You were not convicted of an offense involving violence
  • You were not convicted of an offense that requires mandatory prison time

In order to expunge your record, you must have completed your sentence and paid all required fines and court costs. The case must be officially closed for a certain period of time. For misdemeanors, one year must have passed. For felonies, you must wait three years.

If you were arrested for a crime but the case was dismissed, you can also file to have the dismissal sealed. Why would you want an arrest on your record if you weren’t convicted?

Juvenile Expungement

In Ohio, there is a two-step process for eliminating a juvenile delinquency record. Learn more about the process of obtaining a juvenile expungement.

Contact Horwitz & Horwitz, LLC today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you expunge your record. If you qualify, we will work personally with you to make sure that your arrest or conviction does not unnecessarily impact your future.

Click here to learn more about who (if anyone) can view your expunged criminal records.