5 Ways an Ohio Record Expungement Can Help You

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5 Ways an Ohio Record Expungement Can Help You

 

In life we all make mistakes.

 

Unfortunately, some mistakes, like a criminal conviction, can follow you and make simple things like getting a good job more difficult than those without a record.

Some think it is not worth their time to have misdemeanors or certain felonies expunged or sealed from potential viewing. Truth is, the mistakes of the past can hinder your life in the present and future.

 

If you don’t want those mistakes following you for the rest of your life, you might want to consider talking to an experienced lawyer, like Matthew Mishak, to see if it is possible to get an Ohio Criminal Record Expungement.

 

In the meantime, to help you make an educated decision, here are five ways an Ohio Criminal Record Expungement may help you live a better quality of life.

 

Job

job application criminal recordEver noticed that all job applications have a section where they ask if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime? This can give one a sense of dread if you have in fact been convicted. Some are tempted to lie and pray the employer won’t find out, but this is never a good course of action.

With an Ohio criminal record expungement, you can honestly answer “No” to this question with no fear of the employer finding out you lied.

 

Loans

job application criminal recordWhether it is a bank loan for a car, home, or personal expenses, if you have a conviction on your record, it is possible that the financial institution can deny your loan. They could also view your criminal record as someone who is not responsible enough to pay debts, or give you a ridiculous interest rate in order to obtain the loan.

Having your criminal record expunged can help eliminate this embarrassing and sometimes costly outcome.

 

Housing

rental with criminal recordMost landlords, rental and property management companies, and real estate agencies will favor someone without a criminal record over someone with one, no matter how old that conviction is. This goes almost hand in hand with getting a job or a loan.

An Ohio criminal record expungement can pave the way to a happy home for you and your loved ones.

 

Schooling and State Licensing

college application criminal recordYou could get denied admission to a college or career training facility and even funding for your education with a criminal conviction on your record. You can also be denied any state certifications or licensing, for example in the medical field.

Don’t discount yourself and look into getting your record sealed. A record expungement can open up a world of opportunities for you.

 

Freedom

freedom record expungmentThe best reason to get an Ohio Record Expungement is for your own peace of mind and freedom!

It’s a lot easier than you think to have your record sealed in Ohio. Attorney Matthew Mishak has the experience and know-how to get your record expunged in the Ohio court system. 

When you get a criminal record expungement, you have a clean slate to move on with your life knowing that nothing will come back to haunt you.

Aren’t you worthy of a fresh start?


 

For more information and/or to see if you are eligible to have your record expunged, contact Attorney Mishak today. 

 


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Expanded Expungement Law in Ohio

In Ohio, an expungement is the same as sealing a record.

 

Expungement is a legal process provided under Section 2953 of the Ohio Revised Code that allows one to have any and all references to a prior criminal conviction cleared and their court file sealed. The result of this process is as if you were never convicted of the crime.

 

BIG NEWS! As of October 29, 2018, Ohio officially expanded its expungement law.

 

The new expungement law allows for a review for a person with up to five F4/F5 felonies and/or unlimited misdemeanors.

According to the new statutory makeup in ORC § 2953.32, persons with non-violent, non-sexual misdemeanors and/or felonies up to F4 or F5 may now be eligible for their records to be sealed by a court in Ohio.

Individuals who previously did not qualify to have records sealed might be eligible.

This new expungement law allows for the possibility of all records to be sealed.

 

There are still waiting periods related to the expungement requests following discharge:

 

  • Misdemeanors require a one year waiting period.
  • One F4/F5 Felony requires a three-year waiting period.
  • Two F4/F5 Felonies require a four-year waiting period.
  • Three to Five F4/F5 Felonies require a five-year waiting period.

 

These new laws will not apply to anyone with a F3 or higher felony conviction or those with a conviction which includes a sexual or violent offense, regardless of the result being a felony or a misdemeanor.

The court, of course, has the discretion to determine if a person qualifies for expungement of their criminal record.

Additionally, the prosecutor will be notified of the request and has the ability to object to records being sealed during a scheduled hearing.

 

Who is eligible for an expungement?

 

You qualify if you meet all of the conditions described in Section 2953 of the Ohio Revised Code, including:

  • The conviction you are trying to expunge is not one of the crimes precluded by law.
  • You were not subject to a mandatory prison term for the conviction.  (If you were sentenced to prison time, but you were eligible for community control/probation, you would still qualify.)
  • You have any of the following convictions or combination of convictions: one misdemeanor; or one felony; two misdemeanor convictions; or one misdemeanor conviction and one felony conviction.   (A series of 2 or 3 convictions out of the same case shall be considered one conviction under the expungement statute.) (Minor misdemeanors including most traffic offenses do not count as a conviction.)
  • The statutory waiting period has passed for the conviction you seek to expunge.
  • You have no current or criminal charges pending against you. 

 

Can’t I just represent myself and save money?

 

Expungement requires drafting and filing of a motion (a formal legal document asking the court to take a particular action). The expungement motion will be filed with the court that sentenced you, and it will also have to be served on the prosecutor in some cases, and the probation department.

At the expungement hearing, oral or non-oral, the court must be convinced through persuasion and demonstration that your rehabilitation has been obtained and that you are deserving of an expungement.

An expungement is a privilege and not a right. 

The court may deny your expungement if they question that you have met all the qualifications under the Ohio Revised Code, or the court is not satisfied that you have been rehabilitated.

 

Legal Reference: FindLaw.com


If you would like to learn if you are eligible or request additional expungement law information, contact Attorney Mishak today.