In Ohio, expungement is the same as sealing a record. It is a legal process provided under Section 2953 of the Ohio Revised Code that allows one to have any and all references to a prior criminal conviction cleared and their court file sealed. The result of this process is as if you were never convicted of the crime. It’s important to have the best criminal defense attorney by your side for this.
One mistake made shouldn’t dictate how the rest of your life will go. With a criminal conviction, getting your record expunged is paramount in enabling you to put the past behind you by being provided a clean slate and the ability to move beyond that mistake.
Applying for a job: The truth is that over 80% of employers conduct a criminal background check on a potential candidate. One of the questions, legally binding, on an application, is asking if you have ever been convicted of a crime. You will be able to answer no, truthfully if your record has been expunged. This is the most important reason to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney to clear your record – employment – so that you can get on with your life.
Applying for a loan: Many banks believe that a criminal conviction suggests that a person is unlikely able to fulfill a financial obligation. Having your criminal record expunged will improve your chances of being able to get that loan you need.
Applying for a rental home: Landlords are like employers and bank and often do background searches on a lessee. Having a criminal record will create plenty of problems when searching for housing. A landlord or a property management company may deny you the lease believing that they are minimizing their risks.
The Bottom Line: Once your criminal record is expunged, nothing will show up when your record is checked. The Ohio statute states the offense shall be treated as if it never occurred. There are a few exceptions to this rule for law enforcement agencies, employers of medical care providers, employers of those who will provide care to minors. Only under certain circumstances would they be permitted to know if you have a sealed record. Give me a call, let me help you or a loved one: 513.260.2099