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At Mahaffey & Associates, we understand that a criminal record can cast a long shadow over your life, affecting job prospects, professional licenses, housing opportunities and even relationships. You deserve a fresh start, and our attorneys at Mahaffey & Associates can help you obtain one through the expungement process. We are here to help you turn the page.

Our team is made up of compassionate, responsive and capable Toledo attorneys who are committed to being your one-stop shop for all your legal needs. As natives of Ohio, we know the local laws inside and out, and we treat every client like family. We listen to your concerns and work relentlessly to find solutions that protect your interests, offering personalized attention and quality legal representation every step of the way.

Understanding Criminal Expungements In Ohio

An expungement is the legal process of sealing your criminal history from public records and prospective employers, allowing you to move forward without the burden of past mistakes holding you back. Pursuing an expungement in Ohio can open doors that were previously closed, giving you the chance to fully engage in all aspects of life.

In Ohio, you can expunge a variety of nonviolent criminal offenses from your record, including drug possession, theft, disorderly conduct and underage consumption charges. To meet expungement eligibility requirements in Ohio, certain conditions must be met, including the type of offense and the time that has passed since fulfilling your sentence.

Eligibility for expungement in Ohio requires:

  • Five or fewer criminal convictions on your record, not including minor misdemeanors such as traffic tickets
  • Any felonies must be fourth or fifth-degree convictions
  • The crimes must not have been violent, such as domestic violence or a felony sex offense
  • You do not have any pending criminal charges

In Ohio, you must adhere to a waiting period before you can expunge or seal your record. For misdemeanors, you must wait one year from the final discharge. For a single felony conviction, you must wait three years, and for two or more felonies, the wait time can be up to five years after final discharge.

Navigating the application for the expungement process can be complicated, which is why having an experienced lawyer by your side is invaluable. At Mahaffey & Associates, we have a thorough understanding of the Ohio justice system and are dedicated to guiding you through every detail, ensuring your petition for expungement is handled with the utmost care.

Take The Next Step With Mahaffey & Associates By Your Side

If you are ready to take the next step toward a brighter future, contact Mahaffey & Associates today by calling 419-741-0111 or filling out our online contact form. We offer free consultations and are available during the evenings and weekends to accommodate your schedule. Let’s work together to reclaim your future and help you obtain the clean slate you deserve.