Are you an Ohioan looking for an expungement attorney or looking to apply to seal your criminal record? With passage of a new bill, more individuals will be eligible and those that were not eligible under the old law, now may be eligible. Earlier this year, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 337, which changes what convictions may be sealed and who is eligible to apply for sealing. Under the old law, only “First Offenders” were eligible but the new law changes this language to “Eligible Offenders”. Now, an applicant may qualify for expungement or sealing of the following:
- One qualifying Felony conviction;
- One qualifying Misdemeanor;
- Two qualifying Misdemeanor convictions if not the same offense; or
- One qualifying Felony conviction and one qualifying misdemeanor conviction.
Be advised though, that certain offenses may never be sealed, including OVI/DUI, sex offenses and certain violent offenses. Further, applicants must wait statutory time periods from the conclusion of their sentences before they may apply for sealing.
This blog post is merely a brief overview of the change in the law and does not address all of the changes. If you are looking to apply to seal your criminal record or seek an expungement in Ohio, contact an Akron Ohio criminal defense lawyer at Laybourne Law today. You can also click on the Expungement/Sealing of Records link at www.laybournelaw.com for more information or to contact an Akron criminal defense attorney.