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If you have a criminal conviction on your record, you may have the option of getting your conviction cleared and your file sealed from the public through the process of expungement. This offers a relief to individuals who suffer from the stigma and burden of a minor conviction on their record. Employers, landlords, lenders, and others will tend to refuse any application from someone with a criminal record, so it is imperative to seek ways to clean up past marks.

Not everyone qualifies for expungement, though. There are numerous stipulations that can make you eligible or ineligible, such as the level or number of criminal convictions on your record. Our Youngstown expungement attorney from Hartwig Law, LLC can help you determine whether or not you qualify, handle all the paperwork if you are, and walk you through the necessary procedures.

Find out if you qualify for expungement. Schedule a FREE consultation today.

Why Seek Expungement?

When you apply for a job, submit a housing application, or apply for licenses, any type of conviction on your criminal record can negatively affect your prospects. Employers often distrust those with criminal records and landlords may see you as a liability. In short, the longer a criminal mark is allowed to exist openly on your record, the more likely it will hold you back in one way or another.

After an expungement, your conviction will not be visible to most employers and landlords during background checks. You can truthfully answer that you do not have a criminal record in most applications and interviews.

Eligibility for expungement in Ohio:

  • You have been convicted for a crime that qualifies for expungement (most violent offenses do not qualify).
  • You must not have been required to serve a mandatory prison sentence.
  • At least one year must have passed since the end of serving your sentence if convicted of a misdemeanor; or three years for eligible felony convictions.
  • You must not have pending traffic or criminal charges against you.
  • You must not have more than five fifth- or fourth-degree felonies on your record; higher-degree felonies are generally not eligible for expungement.

Limitations of Expungement & How to Get Help

As beneficial as expungements may be, there are limitations to the system. Law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and some companies may be able to view your sealed record depending on the nature and extensiveness of their searches. If you commit another crime after expungement, then authorities may be able to use the sealed record against you when charging and sentencing you as well.

Figuring out if expungement is right for you is as easy as coming to Hartwig Law, LLC. You can learn more about the expungement process and your own eligibility when you contact our Youngstown record sealing lawyer and request an initial consultation.

If you have questions, call us today at (330) 899-4446.

Why Choose Hartwig Law, LLC?

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