Akron Expungement Lawyers
Our Attorneys Expunge Criminal Records to Give You a Fresh Start
Expunge means to destroy, delete, and erase a criminal record so it is permanently irretrievable. It is helpful if your criminal record is holding you back from securing employment or student loans. Expungement gives you a second chance to have fresh start with a clean record.
NEW EXPUNGEMENT LAWS: SB 337. Requirements to Qualify for Record Expungement:
- The convictions you want to expunge must be ones that make you an “eligible offender”
- You cannot have expunged your record in the past
- You cannot have pending criminal charges against you
- You were not sentenced mandatory prison time without the option of probation
- The statutory waiting period for the conviction has passed (see below)
- The crime must not be precluded from Ohio Law from being expunged (see below)
What can be expunged under the New Law: SB 337
- One qualifying felony conviction, or
- One qualifying misdemeanor conviction, or
- One felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction even if they are not related to the came case.
- Two misdemeanor convictions.
- As with previous law, minor misdemeanor convictions do not count as “criminal convictions”.
What is the Waiting Period to Seal a Criminal Record?
- Misdemeanor charges: One Year
- Felony charges: Three Years
- Time starts officially after the case is completed
- You must wait after probation time and parole time is completed
What Records Cannot be Expunged?
- Any offense that received mandatory prison time or was ineligible for probation
- First degree or second degree felonies
- Driver’s License violations including DUI, OVI, OMVI, DUS
- Domestic Violence and other first degree misdemeanors
- Crimes where the victim was under 18 years old
- Rape, Sexual Battery, Unlawful Conduct with a minor, Sexual Imposition, Pandering
- Traffic Cases: Hit & Run, odometer/serial number tampering
- Crimes of Violence (except simple assault)
- Bail Forfeitures in traffic cases
What is the Process to Expunge a Criminal Record?
The process begins by filing a written motion or application with the court. Most courts require a filing fee between $50-$100 to file for expungement. After the courts receive the application, it is forwarded to the local prosecutors office for review and response. The prosecutor’s office issues a written response and a court hearing is held in front of a judge to determine whether your record should be expunged and sealed. If the prosecutor has not denied your application, the record of the applicant is typically expunged and sealed.
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