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Ohio's New Expungement Statute Explained


If you have been convicted of a crime, it can detrimentally impact your future. This is because all of your previous charges and convictions appear on your criminal record, which can be viewed by employers and educational institutions trying to decide whether you should be given an offer of employment or admission.

On October 29, 2018, the state of Ohio expanded expungement laws under ORC § 2953.32. An expungement is essentially a legal pardon that conceals the charges and convictions on your criminal record. Although you will still have a record, you will be legally allowed to claim the offense never occurred if you are asked by an employer or educational institution. With an expungement, your criminal history won’t show up on background checks. The only exception to this is if you are applying for a government job or a caregiving role.

Under ORC § 2953.32, you can:

  • Expunge up to five 4th and 5th-degree felonies
  • Expunge unlimited misdemeanors

Your expungement might be limited under the following exceptions:

  • You have been convicted for violent or sexually-oriented felonies
  • Your misdemeanor offenses were for violent crimes
  • You have 1st, 2nd, or 3rd-degree felonies

Ohio’s new expungement statute is good news for those with criminal records struggling to improve their lives after being convicted for a crime. If you have previous convictions for theft crimes or drug crimes, you can seek expungement to get a second chance at life. To learn more about expungement laws in Ohio, visit our law office to speak with our experienced criminal defense lawyers.

Dayton Expungement Lawyers

At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, we are committed to helping clients pursue expungements throughout Ohio. We have handled hundreds of expungement cases, and we know which legal strategies produce the best results for our clients. Stop by our law firm today to find out how we can use our extensive resources to assist you.

Call (937) 685-7006 24/7 to schedule your consultation with our Dayton lawyers for expungement.