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Can an M1 domestic violence misdemeanor be expunged in Ohio?

Cincinnati, OH |
Attorney answers 3


The short answer unfortunately is NO, you CANNOT expunge a DV conviction, regardless of level in Ohio.

DV is specifically listed as a crime to which O.R.C. 2953.31, the Ohio expungement statute, does not and cannot apply.

You only have two slim possibilities here. First, if you were originally charged with DV but plead to something lesser, say Disorderly Conduct, you might be able to expunge that lesser conviction. Second, if it were absolutely imperative that you NOT be convicted of DV, say if you are a police officer, you could attempt to withdraw your plea to DV. I should caution you, however, that this is extremely difficult and truly an uphill battle. As I said, you could try it, but there are no guarantees.

I know that this is not the answer you wanted to hear, but it is the current state of the law in Ohio. Regardless of whether you choose to try that route or not, I wish you the very best of luck.

Atty. Dennis A. DiMartino
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My information says no.

Good luck.

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