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Sealing Of Criminal Records In Ohio

With the arrival of a new year, many people who have been convicted of a crime start thinking about having the record of that expunged. The Ohio Revised Code refers to the expungement process as "sealing." Ohio law permits a defendant to seal two misdemeanor convictions or one felony and a misdemeanor. Keep in mind that generally a defendant who has three or more convictions on his or her record is not eligible to have any of those records sealed. 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 was 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 drugs or drug paraphernalia, do not count as a conviction for purposes of sealing.

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