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Sealing Your Criminal Record
A criminal record can follow you around years after you have completed your sentence, and can prevent you from getting a job, a promotion, and even residing in certain places. That is why it is important to consider expunging old arrests that did not result in conviction, and sealing the record of any conviction that is eligible under Ohio law.
If you successfully seal a record of conviction, legally speaking, your record will be the same as it was before you were convicted - as if you were never charged or found guilty of a crime.
At Norman Law, our firm assists clients across Cleveland, and the state of Ohio in a range of matters concerning post-conviction relief – including expungements / record sealing, restoration of civil and firearm rights, and pardons. Contact us to learn how we can help.
Norman Law knows legal procedures can be tedious and confusing. If you've been convicted of a crime and want to have your record expunged, working with an experienced advocate can make all the difference.
First, we answer your first question, “Can I get my record expunged?” The next question is usually “how long after my case do I wait to get my record expunged?” Finally, if eligible now, we gather all the appropriate documentation, complete the application and necessary paperwork, file the application with the court, and attend a hearing when ordered.
Sealing a criminal conviction prevents people from accessing records of your conviction, with very few exceptions. If you qualify for expungement, and have successfully completed your sentence, including probation and paying all fines and restitution, you may be eligible to have your records sealed and expunged.
This has many benefits, including:
The requirements for being an eligible offender were recently expanded by the Ohio legislature in October of 2018. Some of the changes include:
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