Ohio has always had a complex series of laws concerning the expungement of criminal records. For many years, the state was so cautious about criminal expungement that a person was allowed to expunge only one conviction at a time. On October 29, 2018, however, a new law became effective that allows individuals in Ohio to expunge multiple convictions, which even extends to felonies.
Before October 29, 2018, individuals who were eligible for expungement includes those who had been convicted of an offense in Ohio and who had no more than one felony conviction, two misdemeanor convictions, or one felony and one misdemeanor conviction.
The number of individuals who are eligible for expungement increased substantially following October 29, 2018. Now, individuals eligible for expungement include anyone with non-violent, non-sexual felonies of the 4th or 5th degree. Also under this new law, an individual is eligible for expungement if he or she has either five or fewer 4th or 5th-degree felonies or an unlimited number of misdemeanors.
The amount of time that a person is required to wait to receive an expungement has changed under Ohio’s new laws. These new regulations state that the waiting dates for various convictions include the following:
There are several reasons why people decide to have their records expunged. Some of the primary advantages offered by expungement include the following:
If you believe that you qualify for expungement of your criminal record under this law, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Kruger & Hodges. Our attorneys understand these new regulations and are prepared to guide you through the expungement process.