Generally speaking, criminal records in Ohio are open to inspection by the public. This means that anyone can go online or to the courthouse and search the records to find out if an individual has ever been charged with or convicted of a crime. Every time you apply for a job, your criminal history is readily available to the company you want to work for.
Often, people want to know how to get their record expunged. "Expunging" a criminal record implies that the record is completely destroyed. Unfortunately, Ohio no longer permits the expungement of criminal records. Ohio law does, however, provide a process by which a person that has been charged with or convicted or a crime can get their record sealed. "Sealing" a criminal record means that the record will be hidden from inspection by the public.
Only certain criminal convictions are eligible to be sealed under the Ohio Revised Code. In order to have a record sealed, the offender must meet certain conditions:
- The conviction is not for an excepted crime or type of crime. Generally speaking, convictions for sex crimes, crimes of violence, and felonies of the first and second degree can't be sealed.
- The offender does not have more than: (1) one felony and one misdemeanor conviction; or (2) two misdemeanor convictions. Minor misdemeanor convictions do not count toward this total.
- More than one (1) year has passed since the final discharge of a misdemeanor conviction or three (3) years has passed since the final discharge of a felony conviction.
- There are not currently any traffic or criminal proceedings pending against the offender.
The laws in Ohio governing the sealing process are complicated as is the process by which the sealing of a criminal record is accomplished. The attorneys of DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder have years of experience successfully navigating the record sealing process. If you have a criminal record in Ohio you wish to have sealed, a knowledgeable Criminal Attorney from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder may be able to help. For legal advice or information, contact, the attorneys at DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder today.