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Quick Primer on the Sealing of Criminal Records

Ohio has recently expanded the eligibility for sealing one's criminal record. Ohio law now permits up to five low level felonies to be sealed so long as a defendant does not have anything more serious on his or her record. It also permits potentially unlimited misdemeanors to be sealed. Also, a Defendant is able to seal a misdemeanor conviction and some third-degree felonies when he or she has no more than one misdemeanor and one third degree felony conviction. Certain exceptions exist, however, whereby an individual with more than two convictions may still be eligible. For example, multiple charges that arose from the same incident (such as a defendant who is charged with trespass and disorderly conduct as part of the same course of conduct) would likely be viewed as one conviction for purposes of sealing. Also, minor misdemeanors, such as possession of drug or drug paraphernalia, do not count as a conviction for purposes of sealing.

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