Youngstown Expungement Lawyers
Why Seek Expungement?
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.
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.
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 attorneys 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 with our Youngstown criminal defense lawyers today.
Who is Eligible for an 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 lawyers and request an initial consultation.
If you have questions, call us today at (330) 899-4446 or contact our Youngstown expungement attorneys online for your free consultation.
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