WHO CAN FILE FOR SEALING OF RECORD?
According to the Ohio Revised Code, to qualify for sealing of your record, you must be a “first offender” who has not committed a crime that is not eligible to be sealed. A first offender has had only one conviction (felony or misdemeanor) in this or any other jurisdiction, and has no previous or subsequent record of conviction. Most traffic or driver’s license and minor misdemeanor convictions are not considered previous convictions. When two or more convictions result from or are connected with the same act or result from offenses committed at the same time, they can sometimes be counted as one conviction.
You must not have been subject to a mandatory prison term for the conviction you are trying to get sealed. Even if you were sentenced to prison time, as long as you were eligible to receive probation for your conviction, you may apply for sealing of your record.
You cannot have any criminal or traffic proceedings pending.
You cannot have had another conviction sealed.
You may apply for sealing of as many dismissals, No Bills, and bail forfeitures as you would like, because these dispositions are not considered “convictions”.
Keep in mind, it is up to the Common Pleas Judge to either grant or deny any such application. Even if you are eligible to have your record sealed, the court must rule that you have been satisfactorily rehabilitated. In some cases, the prosecutor may file an objection to the granting of your application. The objection will contain the reasons why the prosecutor believes a denial is warranted.
WHAT IS “SEALING OF RECORDS”?
ARE THERE ANY CONVICTIONS THAT ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE SEALED?
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE I CAN APPLY TO HAVE MY RECORD SEALED?
WHAT IS THE FILING FEE FOR A SEALING OF RECORD?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SEALING APPLICATION IS FILED?