After conviction, many people seek to have their records sealed or expunged. Sealing and Expunging are processes that remove your record from public view.
Having a domestic violence charge or conviction on your record can be a major inconvenience even many years after the incident has passed. In addition to the jail or prison time that can be levied, domestic violence convictions can also carry long term blocks on your gun rights, as well as social consequences, such as difficulty getting some jobs or gaining admission to certain schools. For these reasons, clients sometimes ask us if a domestic violence conviction be expunged.
If passed, proposed Ohio Senate Bill 160 would make expungements available for crimes that are currently not elligible for expungment. The proposed bill could give more people an opportunity to put their criminal past behind them, and move forward with a fresh start.
Sealing Your Record - Past Criminal Cases Don't Have to Haunt You
If you have been convicted of a non-violent felony or misdemeanor, you may be able to wipe it off your record. The Ohio Revised Code provides for the sealing of a criminal record, also called expungement. The law sets out the rules and the process that must be followed when trying to seal your record. For example, before you can ask the Court to seal your record, there are time periods that you have to wait after your case has ended. You also must show the Court that you have been successfully rehabilitated, which usually means that you have kept out of trouble since your conviction. Once your record is sealed, no member of the public can access it. It is like your conviction never happened. To discuss the details of sealing your record through expungement, or to see if you qualify to have your record sealed, contact an attorney with Dearie, Fischer & Mathews today.