Now Virtually All Non-Violent Offenders Are Eligible to Have Their Criminal Records Sealed in OhioNovember, 2018, is the first month that Ohio's new expungement statute goes into effect. The new law allows individuals in Ohio to seal an unlimited number of misdemeanor convictions and up to 5 felony convictions for all non-violent, non-sex crime, lower tiered felonies (subject to certain other limitations).
Ohio has amended the expungement statutes several times over the past 5 years. The original law was somewhat of a 'one strike and you're out...' law allowing you to expunge one and only one conviction. Then in 2014, Ohio amended the expungement statues to allow individuals with up to 1 felony and 1 misdemeanor or no felonies and 2 misdemeanors to expunge their records.
Now, with the new law made effective 10/31/2018 and after, anyone with old drug and theft offenses is likely now eligible to have those expunged. You can read more about the new expungement law here and exactly who is eligible to seal their records in Ohio. Or if you are interested in sealing your criminal records in Columbus or the greater Central Ohio area, you can call attorney Evan T. Engler at (614) 610-9988 to talk about the next steps.