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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.
Local Attorneys Serving Central Ohio CommunitiesThe law firm of Harris & Engler is comprised of attorneys who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and who enjoy living in and serving the greater Columbus community. Attorney Steven M. Harris grew up in Westerville and has spent much of his free time outside of his law practice volunteering with the Worthington Noon Lions Club, a volunteer organization that helps those in the local community who are visually impaired, illiterate, or who are experiencing food insecurity.
Steve also volunteers with the Special Olympics and volunteers to answer legal questions asked by callers to WSYX ABC6 "Ask the Attorney" segment, among other activities.
Attorney Evan T. Engler grew up in the Worthington area of Columbus and he also regularly volunteers to help answer legal questions asked by callers to the ABC6 "Ask the Attorney" segment as well volunteers with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.
The attorneys at Harris & Engler also try to stay activve with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, whether through volunteering or thorugh donations. With the holiday season looming around the corner, donations to the Mid-Ohio Food bank are especially important.
The Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides food for 140,000 meals a day to families across 20 counties in Central Ohio. In Franklin County alone, our neighbors miss about 70 million combined meals per year. While the Mid-Ohio Foodbank needs donations year round to feed our hungry nieghbors, the Mid-Ohio Foodband needs food and money donations esepcially now in the weeks leading up to the holidays.
Donations to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank can be made by clicking here.
Harris & Engler's Evan T. Engler sits down with WSYX Fox 8 News Good Day Marketplace to Discuss Car Accidents in Ohio
On January 19, 2018, Evan T. Engler sat down with WSYX Fox 8 New's Shawn Ireland to discuss what to do if you are in a minor fender bender in Ohio's wintery weather and what to do if you get into a car accident with an uninsured driver.