Expungement Attorney in Columbus

How can I clear my criminal or public arrest record?

Do you have a criminal record that is interfering with your ability to get employment, a loan or a home? Are you even fully aware of what is on your criminal record? Would your life be improved if you had the opportunity to take advantage of eliminating your criminal record with an expungement or order of nondisclosure?

At the law office of Terry K. Sherman, located in German Village area of Columbus Ohio, we can help you find out what is on your criminal record then explore options to clear your name. Many of clients are shocked to discover that even if they were only arrested/charged with a crime, without a conviction, they may still have the arrest/charge on their record, sometimes decades after the incident.

 

What is the difference between “expunction” and an “order of nondisclosure”?

 How to prevent your record from being visible to public inquiry:

  • File a petition for nondisclosure and, if successful, your arrest record is sealed to prevent potential employers, landlords or other interested parties from having access through criminal background checks.
  • Expunction or expungement actually clears your criminal record as if the arrest never happened. Appropriate if you have been charged but never convicted or placed on probation, this approach fully clears your name.

Find out whether you qualify for an expunction or order of nondisclosure. Your options will depend on whether you have a misdemeanor or felony record and other facts surrounding your charge.

When a criminal record is expunged, you can legally answer “no” to certain questions about having a criminal record. Expunging your record will make it unavailable to the general public, however, law enforcement and some government agencies will still be able to access it.

You may expunge certain misdemeanors & felonies, but there are some convictions that can’t be expunged in Ohio, including OVI/DUI, many violent crimes, sex crimes, and first/second degree felonies.

It is best to speak with a lawyer to learn whether the arrest, charges or convictions on your record may be expunged. These laws are complex and there are many exceptions, so only an experienced attorney should determine your individual eligibility. Attorney Sherman Bio ➞

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