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Record Sealing/Expungement

Do you have an Ohio arrest or conviction that you need to have sealed so that you can have more opportunities in life? In Ohio, you can seal multiple convictions, including felonies, if enough time has passed and you show a judge your deservingness for relief. We have helped thousands of people clear their records across our country. We want to use our expertise to help you too.


Sealing a Conviction Record in OH


Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 2953.32 you may be eligible to apply for the sealing of your conviction record. If you were convicted of a felony, you must wait at least 3 years after your final discharge to apply. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor, you must wait one year after your final discharge to apply. Once your application is received a hearing will be scheduled. The court will then notify the prosecutor of the hearing date, giving the prosecutor the right to object to the granting of your sealing application.


In order to qualify to get your conviction sealed in OH, you must meet the following requirements:


  • You must be an eligible offender-- you must not have been convicted of more than five felonies and the felony convictions cannot be of a degree higher than 4th or 5th degree. Additionally, you cannot have a misdemeanor or felony conviction that is defined as offense of violence or a felony sex offense.

  • You must meet a waiting period that is determined by the number of felony convictions you have and begins upon final discharge. Those with only a misdemeanor conviction must wait one year from the date of final discharge before being eligible to apply.

  • You must not have any pending criminal proceedings against you.

  • You must not be convicted of any of the prohibited offenses that are not eligible to be sealed, these are listed in Ohio Revised Code Section 2953.36.

  • You must be successfully rehabilitated to the court’s satisfaction.


The court will also consider the prosecutor’s objections, your interests in having the record sealed and the government’s interest in keeping the records accessible to public.


Ohio Arrest Record Sealing - No waiting period


Ohio Revised Code Section 2953.52 allows for dismissed cases to be sealed either immediately or after two years if it was a grand jury no bill. There is no limit to the number of dismissed cases you can have on your record, and even if you are not eligible for the Conviction Record Sealing, you can have any of your dismissed cases sealed. Once sealed, the arrest comes off of your record, and it is treated as if it never occurred.


Process OH for Record Sealing


Sealing cases in Ohio take about 4 to 5 months depending on the court that your application must be filed in.


We handle your case from start to finish. We first research, then compose and file your application with the court. We respond to any prosecutor opposition and keep you informed every step of the way. Your appearance in court will probably not be mandatory. We charge a low flat price for the above work.


Everyone’s situation is unique. If more time has passed since you were convicted, you usually have a better chance for success. This is because we can then show more examples of the positive things that you have been doing in your life.


Give Joe Tekulve Law a call today to see if you are eligible to have your record sealed.


(513) 752-0001


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