What Is Expungement And Do I Qualify?

An expungement is a legal process by which a person with a criminal record makes a filing with the court to have their record sealed. Expungements can be incredibly beneficial because they can remove records of criminal activity that could affect career and college opportunities, as well as a person's ability to secure a loan or sign a lease for an apartment.

At The Sharp Law Firm, LLC, attorney Marianna Sharp Bernardo personally handles the filing of expungements in Columbus and surrounding areas in Ohio. She has an extensive background in criminal law, which means she is well-equipped to identify when a crime is eligible for expungement and when it is not.

Want to see her knowledge in action? Check out our video in which Ms. Sharp Bernardo highlights the expungement process in detail.

Am I Eligible For An Expungement?

The first question most people ask when it comes to expungements is whether or not they are eligible to petition the court. In Ohio, there is a set timeframe for eligibility. File too soon with the court, and your request for expungement could be denied. The timeframe is as follows:

  • If you've been convicted of a misdemeanor offense, you have to wait one year from the conclusion of that case.
  • If you've been convicted of a felony offense, you have to wait three years from the conclusion of your case.

Is My Crime Eligible For Expungement?

The next question that must be asked before filing for an expungement is whether the crimes on your record can be expunged. Ohio law precludes people from receiving expungement of their record if they have been convicted of certain crimes, which can include but are not limited to:

  • Any conviction in which the offender was subject to a mandatory sentence
  • Many sex offenses, including sexual battery, sex with a minor, child pornography and other offenses
  • Misdemeanor in the first degree or felony violent crimes

Only a skilled criminal defense lawyer who has experience handling criminal cases day in and day out will be able to look at your case and determine whether you and your crime are eligible for expungement. At The Sharp Law Firm, LLC, we have that experience and skill necessary to help our clients get their lives back.

Take Advantage Of A Free Initial Consultation

At The Sharp Law Firm, LLC, we want to make it easier for you to go through the expungement process, which is why we offer free initial consultations where we can carefully review your case to determine eligibility. We take a two-tiered approach to expungements, first seeing if the state will object to our request before proceeding with filing paperwork, grabbing your criminal record and talking to judges about scheduling hearing dates.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with Ms. Sharp Bernardo, call our office in Columbus at 614-429-4468 or send us a message online. Don't make the mistake of thinking criminal charges will just disappear. Only sealing your record can ensure the clean slate you're looking forward to.