Having a criminal conviction can lead to many headaches. Whether it is prohibiting you from obtaining employment, receiving college financial aid, or just an embarrassment in general, you may be able to have your record sealed. Pursuant to R.C. 2953.32, entitled Sealing of Conviction Record or Bail Forfeiture Record, an “eligible offender” may have their criminal record sealed.
If you think you are eligible, contact Attorney John J. Dowell to assist you with having your criminal conviction sealed.
Ask yourself these questions to determine if you are able to have your record sealed:
Am I an “Eligible Offender”?
An “eligible offender” is a person with either two misdemeanor convictions, one felony conviction, or one misdemeanor and one felony conviction. However, if multiple convictions arose out of the same act they will be treated as one conviction, or if multiple convictions are related and occurred within three months of one another they can be treated as one conviction.
Has the Waiting Period Expired?
Prior to having one’s record sealed, the person must wait:
Is my Conviction Eligible to be Sealed?
A person may have an unlimited number of minor misdemeanors sealed from their record. However, some convictions are statutorily prohibited from being sealed.
2903.15 – Permitting Child Abuse
2907.04 – Unlawful Sexual Contact with a Minor
2907.06 – Sexual Imposition
2907.322 – Pandering Sexually Oriented Material Involving a Minor
2907.323(A)(3) – Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material or Performance
4510.11 – Driving Under Suspension or in Violation of License Restriction
4510.14 – Driving Under OVI Suspension
4511.19 – Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated
4511.196 – Initial Appearance
4511.251 – Street Racing
4945.46 – Knowingly Offering to Sell a Car whose Odometer was Tampered with
4945.42 – Tampering with an Odometer
4945.042 – Sale or Possession of a Master Key Designed to Fit More than One Vehicle
4549.02 – Stopping After an Accident; Exchange of Info.
4549.021 – Stopping After an Accident
4549.41 – Odometer Rollback and Disclosure
4549.42 – Tampering with or Disconnection of Odometer
4549.43 – Sale or Use of Fraudulent Odometer
4549.44 – Operating With Disconnected or Fraudulent Odometer
4549.45 – Written Notice of Tampering or Non-function
4549.46 – Written Odometer Disclosure Statement
4549.62 – Fraudulent Actions Concerning Vehicle Identification Numbers
2903.02 – Murder
2903.03 – Voluntary Manslaughter
2903.04 – Involuntary Manslaughter
2903.11 – Felonious Assault
2903.12 – Agg. Assault
2903.21 – Agg. Menacing
2903.211 – Menacing by Stalking
2903.22 – Menacing
2905.01 - Kidnapping
2905.02 – Abduction
2905.11 – Extortion
2905.32 – Trafficking in Persons
2907.02 – Rape
2907.03 – Sexual Battery
2907.05 Gross Sexual Imposition
2909.02 – Agg. Arson
2909.03 – Arson
2909.24 – Terrorism
2911.01 – Agg. Robbery
2911.02 – Robbery
2911.11 – Agg. Burglary
2911.12(A)(1), (2), or (3) – Burglary
2917.01 – Inciting to Violence (Felony)
2917.02 – Agg. Riot
2917.03 – Riot
2917.31 – Inducing Panic (Felony)
2919.22(B)(1), (2), (3), or (4) – Endangering Children
2919.25(A) or (B) – Domestic Violence
2921.03 – Intimidation
2921.04 – Intimidation of attorney, victim or witness in criminal case
2921.34 – Escape
2923.161 – Improperly Discharging Firearm at or into Habitation, in a School Safety Zone or with Intent to Cause Harm or Panic to Persons in a School Building or at a School Function
Who can Still See my Conviction if it is Sealed?
Even after your record is sealed, there are some entities that may still see your record:
If you think you are eligible, contact Attorney John Dowell to assist you with having your criminal conviction sealed.
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