No. Unfortunately you cannot expunge an OVI conviction.
Amanda Ackerman Condon
Piscitelli Law Firm
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More broadly, no traffic offenses can be sealed/expunged under Ohio law. Furthermore, these convictions are shared with other states due to a multi-state compact. This compact went into affect to prevent drivers from having points on their license or having their license suspended and then moving to a new state to get a new "clean" driver's license.
I agree with the other responses. However, depending on the facts of your case, the Court may allow you to withdrawal you plea of guilty, and if that occurs, the Prosecutor may then consider amending the charge to an equipment violation under ORC 4513. In such a situation, the ORC would permit the Court to seal the conviction. Unfortunately, this occurs very very rarely. The Courts typically do take such action with OVI convictions, but if the conviction is limiting you professionally or personally, you may want to contact a local lawyer to investigate whether such a maneuver is possible.
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