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.