Expungements

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Ohio Revised Code Sections 2953.32 through 2953.53 discuss the eligiblity requirements and applicable laws regarding Expungements.

A motion or request for expungement must be accompanied by the filing fee of $100.00 (or $50.00 for a non-conviction, not guilty finding or dismissal of the case). The motion should contain the defendant's name, address, date of birth, social security number and the reason the defendant would like the case considered for expungement.

Upon receipt of the motion and filing fee, the Court's Probation Department will conduct a background check of the applicant. If the applicant is eligible by law and has no pending criminal matters, the case and motion will be sent to the Judge for a court date and time for a hearing.

After the Judge reviews the case and determines that the applicant meets the requirements for expungement, the journal entry is signed and the case is considered expunged. However, it can take up to a year for other governmental agencies that have the information on the case to clear their records.

If you have any questions or need further clarification on this procedure, please call 440-887-7448.