Minor Misdemeanor Expungement
Expunging a Minor Misdemeanor in Ohio
Generally, most people believe that minor misdemeanor charges are not serious offenses. A conviction from a minor misdemeanor offense in Ohio does not result in jail time, but rather, these charges are punishable by fine only, and in a few cases, a license suspension. Obtaining a minor misdemeanor expungement will seal your past mistake and keep future employers, landlords and others from seeing it listed in a criminal background check.
One common example of this type of conviction is drug abuse or drug possession, disorderly conduct or similar charges for loud behavior while in college. All too often, college students are charged, appear in court and without the advice of an attorney, plead guilty to the charge, pay a fine, and go on with their lives.
Ten years later when applying for a job, license, loan, etc, they find out that the conviction from their college days is listed on a background check database. Depending on the type of job, they can be fired or prevented from advancing in their career.
Good news! Pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, and case law of Ohio courts, minor misdemeanors are considered an offense under Ohio expungement law, and as a result, a record of minor misdemeanor conviction can be expunged and sealed.
How minor misdemeanor expungement works
As with an application for expungement for felony or misdemeanor conviction, an application for expungement of a minor misdemeanor charge must be set for a hearing before the court. The Ohio Expungement Statute, O.R.C. 2953.32, requires a hearing, and each application for expungement is required to be set for hearing before the court. In many cases, we are able to appear for our clients so that they do not have to appear. An expungement of a criminal case has many benefits, but perhaps the most valuable, is to be able to deny a conviction when asked by your employer or a potential employer.
If you have been convicted of a minor misdemeanor or charged with a minor misdemeanor that was dismissed, contact our law firm for a free consultation to determine if you are eligible for an expungement. Everyone makes mistakes, and we will help you get a second chance.