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The effect of a misdemeanor conviction on your future

The penalties of a misdemeanor charge are limited by Ohio state law, but once you’ve served your sentence, the effects of a conviction on your day-to-day life can be worse than you expected or calculated. Opportunities that were once open to you, such as certain jobs and loans, can be lost when a misdemeanor charge is discovered on your criminal record. At Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A., our attorneys work toward a brighter future for you by sealing a misdemeanor conviction from your criminal record.

Can my misdemeanor be expunged?

The state of Ohio is specific about which charges can be removed from a person’s criminal record. Regardless of the case, you must wait to apply for one year from the end of any sentence served for a misdemeanor. In addition, you cannot have more than two misdemeanors on your record, or one misdemeanor and one felony, to be eligible.

Certain misdemeanor charges are expressly prohibited from being removed from your record, including the following:

  • Traffic violations: Most motor vehicle violations are not considered convictions and do not fall under Ohio statutes for sealing records.
  • First-degree misdemeanors involving minors: Any first-degree misdemeanor affecting someone under the age of 18 remains on your record.
  • Violent first-degree misdemeanors: Violent misdemeanors cannot be sealed, however convictions for assault, riot, inciting to violence and inducing panic are exceptions.
  • DUI convictions: A drunk driving conviction cannot be removed from your record according to Ohio state law.

If you are unable to have your record cleared, appealing to have your conviction overturned can be a viable option. Any charge resulting in a non-conviction can always be expunged.

What can be expunged?

These lesser charges can be sealed from your criminal record:

  • Many drug charges
  • Negligent assault
  • Solicitation
  • Vandalism

Our attorneys can review your history and quickly identify opportunities to have your record expunged. At Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A., we handle the processes for applying and requesting to have your records expunged. Our goal is to give you an opportunity to regain a normal life, free from the prejudices of your prior conviction.

Partner with an Ohio defense team that understands the expungement process

Get your future back by calling Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. for assistance in clearing misdemeanors from your criminal record. Call us at 614.224.6142 or contact us online to make an appointment at our downtown Columbus office. Our attorneys are available evenings and weekends if needed.

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