Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 2953.32 a motion for order of expungement of record of arrest, prosecution and conviction may be considered by the court if the applicant is a first offender, that there is no criminal proceeding against the applicant now pending, that the applicant's rehabilitation has been attained to the satisfaction of the Court and the expungement of the record of the applicant is consistent with the public interest.

The motion or request for expungement must be accompanied by the filing fee of $100.00 (or $50.00 for a non-conviction, not guilty finding or dismissal of case). The motion should contain the defendant's name, address, date of birth, social security number and the reason the defendant would like the case considered for expungement.

Upon receipt of the motion and filing fee, the Court's Probation Department will conduct a background check of the applicant. If there is found to be no other convictions or pending cases, the case and motion will be sent to the Judge for a court date and time for a hearing.

After the Judge reviews the case and determines that the applicant meets the requirements for expungement, the journal entry is signed and the case is considered expunged. However, it can take up to a year for the other agencies that have the information on the case to clear their records.

If you have any questions or need further clarification on this procedure, please call 440-887-7448.