Erase Your Criminal Record

We have a proven track record of success in handling over 15,000 criminal cases and consistently awarded as one of Ohio’s top criminal defense firms. We are highly experienced with expungement and record sealing in Ohio. Experience matters when dealing with these cases, which prosecutors and judges handle differently on a case by case basis. We know what to expect and what to do to get the best result possible.

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Erase Your Criminal Record with Expungement

If you made a mistake in your past that resulted in a criminal arrest, charge and/or conviction, it may be possible to erase these charges from your criminal record through a simple process called expungement.

With an expungement, you can have a fresh start and move your life forward with a clean slate and reopen several opportunities that were previously hindered.

We have cleaned the records of over 1000 people

What is an Expungement?

An expungement is a quick and easy legal process that seals your criminal record from public view. It protects your privacy and allows you to take advantage of job, school, and other life opportunities that previously were unavailable because of your arrest and charges that show up in a criminal background check.

An expungement is an investment in your future because it erases parts of your past life that no longer align with who you are now. It gives you a fresh start with a clean slate and costs only $499.

Top 9 Benefits of Expunging Your Criminal Record

1. More Employment Opportunities

It can be very difficult to land a good job if you have a criminal record. Even if you do manage to get hired, it is often not the kind of work (or pay) you really want.

Some charges and convictions immediately disqualify you for many jobs that have great pay and benefits. You can always look for a job that doesn’t require a background check (which is becoming more and more difficult), but those jobs rarely offer enough to pay the bills.

Instead of settling for working multiple low-paying jobs, invest in a brighter future for you and your family with an expungement. Once your criminal record is sealed, you can legally not disclose your prior convictions on job applications and can apply for the jobs you really want with confidence.

2. Better Education & College Opportunities

Many people want to go to college to jumpstart a new career. If that involves going to graduate school, your criminal record could become a significant barrier.

Most graduate programs are very competitive to be accepted into. Unfortunately, your criminal record may be the deciding factor between you and another candidate who, in all other ways, is on an equal level with you.

If you are considering returning to school to build your dream career, consider an expungement to make the process smoother.

3. Privacy & Peace of Mind

As you move past your mistake and no longer identify as the person you once were, the weight of your prior conviction can take a toll far into the future. One of the most impactful benefits of expunging your criminal record is simply removing the weight and stigma your record can hold over you.

By getting an expungement, you’ll no longer have to worry about people finding out about your past. The record is sealed and private. You’ll never have to wonder what people will think of you if they find out that you were arrested and charged with a crime. You’ll finally be able to breathe easy knowing that your public record matches the person you are now and not the person you were a long time ago.

4. More Housing Options

Many landlords conduct background checks on potential tenants before signing a rental agreement. Court records are easy to obtain and landlords are normally cautious about renting to someone with a criminal past, regardless of how long ago it happened.

An expungement can open the door to more and better rental property options for you and your family.

5. More Options when Getting a Loan/Credit

Like employers, loan agencies also ask for and run a background check for information related to an applicant’s prior criminal record. A criminal record can prohibit you from obtaining a loan even if your criminal record has nothing to do with theft, embezzlement, or fraud. An expungement can eliminate any red flag a criminal record may have when trying to borrow money.

6. Options for Obtaining State Licenses & Lower Insurance Premiums

After certain charges, such as a DUI, you will likely see your car insurance premiums rise significantly. An expungement can help lower those premiums, and save you a lot of money. It can also make you eligible for a CDL license, which can be out of reach with a DUI conviction.

7. Starting or Expanding Your Family

If you and your partner are thinking about foster parenting and/or adoption to grow your family, you may find that your criminal record is preventing you from doing so. In most cases, the Department of Human Services will conduct a background check on foster parent candidates. It can be very difficult to get approved if you have a criminal record.

An expungement removes prior incidents from your criminal record so you’ll be judged for the person you are now, not the person you were in the past.

8. Public Assistance

People with prior convictions may end up facing “collateral consequences” of their conviction, meaning they face punishments even after they complete their sentence. For example, some states don’t grant SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps) or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits to people with specific types of prior convictions.

Expungements can help you qualify for essential assistance that you and your family really need.

9. Make a Difference in Your Community

Nearly all youth volunteer positions (Boy Scouts, Little League, Pop Warner, etc.) require a clean criminal history record. Expungements open up a lot of opportunities to improve your community through volunteering, mentoring, and even chaperoning school events for your kids or grandchildren.

Am I Eligible to Apply for an Expungement?

If you’re ready to change your life and take advantage of these benefits, then call us anytime at (614) 444-1900 to see if you’re eligible for an expungement. We look forward to helping you erase your record and start fresh today!


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