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Expungements & Sealing of Criminal Records

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There is a common misconception that an individual with more than one criminal conviction is ineligible to expunge/seal their record. While this used to be the case, Ohio Senate Bill 337 was enacted in September 2012 broadening the scope of individuals eligible to expunge/seal their criminal record.

What is a “conviction”? All felonies and all misdemeanors of the 1, 2, 3 and 4th degree, unless exempted as a non-conviction. Minor misdemeanors and certain traffic offenses are NOT “convictions” and there is no limit to the number of these offenses that can be sealed. Some criminal offenses cannot be expunged. 

An individual may be eligible to seal their record under the following circumstances: (1) one felony conviction; (2) one misdemeanor conviction; (3) one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction even if unrelated; and (4) two misdemeanor convictions even if they are unrelated. “Sealing” means that any record of the offense will no longer be public and cannot be seen by potential employers or others (subject to certain exceptions). 

Once the conviction is sealed, an individual may legally answer that they have not been convicted of any criminal offense. Additionally, a sealed criminal record cannot be used to deny an application for a CCW permit.

If you believe that you or someone you know may be eligible to seal an offense, please contact our office for a confidential and free consultation. 

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Mr. Fritsch has been practicing law in Ohio since 2006. He has appeared in federal, state, county and municipal courts in Ohio.
Areas of Practice: Criminal Law, Traffic/OVI Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Civil Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Estate Planning and Business Formation
Bar Admissions:  Ohio State Bar Association, Butler County Bar Association Education:  University of Dayton, 2006 Juris Doctor Thomas More College, 2003 B.A. Stephen T. Badin High School, 1998

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