2018 Changes to Ohio Expungement Law
On October 29th of this year, a new law comes into effect which dramatically changes the eligibility rules for expungement in Ohio. Offenders with multiple convictions, who were not eligible in the past, may now be eligible.
The New RuleAnyone who has been convicted of one or more offenses, but not more than five felonies, in this state or any other jurisdiction, if all of the offenses in this state are felonies of the fourth or fifth degree or misdemeanors and none of those offenses are an offense of violence or a felony sex offense and all of the offenses in another jurisdiction, if committed in this state, would be felonies of the fourth or fifth degree or misdemeanors and none of those offenses would be an offense of violence or a felony sex offense
What the New Rule MeansIf you have multiple convictions--as many as five felonies and an unlimited number of misdemeanors--and none of your convictions are for violent or sexually oriented felony offenses, and none of your convictions are for misdemeanor offenses of violence, and you do not have any first, second, or third degree felonies, then you are now eligible to apply to have your record sealed.
In other words...if you have a bunch of theft and drug offenses in your past, you may be able to get a fresh start.
The old rule (one felony, one misdemeanor, or two misdemeanors) continues to apply to all those who do not fit within the new rule. So, if you have an offense which disqualifies you for consideration under the new rule, you may still be eligible under the old rule.
What to DoIf you think this rule may apply to you, you should contact an attorney who handles expungements in your area to set up a consultation and find out if you are now eligible.