The Basics Of Ohio Expungements

The legal process of expungement – sealing a criminal record – has proven an invaluable tool in erasing the stigma and prejudice associated with a one-time or youthful mistake that has led to a criminal conviction. Expungement is essentially a legal “do-over” that makes it appear, for most intents and purposes, like a conviction never happened.

A criminal record can cause a defendant consequences for years to come, jeopardizing career, housing and educational opportunities. The process of expungement can open all those doors again by keeping the information in a person’s criminal record away from the prying eyes of the public. The key word in that sentence is “public,” however.