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How expungement allows you to move on with your life

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2023 | Criminal Defense

In today’s society, where the internet holds a vast amount of information, having a criminal record can significantly impact a person’s life, hindering their chances of employment, housing and other opportunities. However, through expungement, individuals can mitigate the negative consequences of past criminal convictions and strive toward a better future.

Expungement is the legal process of sealing or erasing criminal records, making them inaccessible to the general public. It gives individuals a second chance by helping them move forward without the burden of a criminal record.

Eligibility for expungement

Ohio’s eligibility criteria for expungement (or “sealing the record”) vary depending on the type of offense and the specific circumstances. But generally speaking, you can apply for expungement if your convictions were all non-sex-oriented, non-violent, did not involve a minor, and were either misdemeanors or felonies of the fourth, fifth, or sometimes third degree. (Some third-degree felonies have become eligible for expungement since 2019.)

You should also note that there is a waiting period before you’re eligible to apply for the sealing of your criminal records. You’ll need to wait one year after your criminal case is closed for a misdemeanor and three years for a felony.

Why expungement is worth it

For starters, a criminal record can be a significant barrier to employment. Many employers conduct background checks as part of their hiring process, and a past conviction may lead to automatic disqualification. Expungement allows individuals to present themselves without the stigma of a criminal record, increasing their employment prospects.

Aside from employment, rental applications often include questions about an individual’s criminal history. A prior conviction can make it challenging to secure housing. Expungement allows individuals to have a clean slate when applying for housing. This can increase their chances of finding a suitable home for themselves and their families.

In Ohio, expungement can also restore some of your civil rights that got restricted due to your criminal record. For instance, your right to own firearms could be restored, allowing you to help protect yourself and your family like any other American.

Expungements are crucial in offering individuals with a criminal record the opportunity to rebuild their lives. If you want to remove the barriers associated with past your convictions, consider seeking professional assistance to help navigate the legal system smoothly.