There is a $50.00 non-refundable fee to apply for an expungement of your record. Personal checks are not accepted.
Certain charges such as Domestic Violence, and OVI/DUI cannot be expunged. Charges that are dismissed may be eligible for sealing. In such cases, the defendant can apply for sealing the next day.
A first offender of a criminal conviction may apply for an expungement one (1) year after the date of completion of conviction.
All fines and costs must be paid in full. If the Defendant is on probation, it must be one (1) year after the termination of probation. The Ohio Revised Code defines who is a first time offender for expungements.
Also, certain charges cannot be expunged and prevent a defendant from receiving an expungement of other charges. These non-expungeable offenses are identified in the Ohio Revised Code.
Application for expungements can be submitted by an Attorney, or the Defendant may come in on their own. We must have the Defendant's social security number and date of birth on the application. Requests are then given to the Prosecutor for review, then passed on to the Judge for final approval.
The Court DOES NOT provide legal advice on filing paperwork for an expungement. It is recommended that the Defendant contact an Attorney for legal advice.
After application for expungement is received of the Court, the process can take anywhere from a week to a few weeks.