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Expungement


Northeast Ohio Expungement Attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ.

An expungement is the process in which a person’s criminal records are cleared and sealed. Northeast Ohio expungement attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ. focuses on representing clients facing state and federal criminal charges, and as such, he is well-versed in criminal court procedures and can help with your expungement procedure.

What is an Expungement Procedure?

An expungement is a court proceeding whereby any and all references to a prior criminal conviction are cleared and the court file is sealed so that the end result is as if there were never a conviction of the crime. Some states have separate legal proceedings for an expungement procedure and the sealing of records, but in Ohio, removal of the conviction from your record and the sealing of the record are completed in the same court proceeding.

What Convictions Can Be Expunged?

In Ohio, an expungement procedure can remove the following from your record:

  • Charges filed against you
  • Charges filed against you, but later dismissed
  • Charges that resulted in a verdict of not guilty
  • Charges that resulted in an acquittal
  • Charges that resulted in a criminal conviction
  • No bills by grand jury
  • Bail forfeitures

What Happens Following an Expungement Procedure?

If the court grants an order expunging and sealing your criminal records, the charges and/or convictions will essentially be removed from your record. An expungement order prohibits government officials from discussing, disclosing, or reporting your arrest, indictment, trial, conviction, or sentence.

What is the Process for Obtaining an Expungement Order?

In order to have your criminal case expunged and sealed, you must file an Application for Expungement and Sealing of Record. After the application is filed, the court will order an expungement hearing pursuant to Ohio Expungement Statute, O.R.C. 2953.32 and O.R.C. 2953.52. At the hearing, the court will consider a variety of factors to determine whether to grant the expungement order and the prosecution may provide arguments against the granting of an expungement.

What About My Gun Rights?

A successful expungement procedure does restore your right to own a firearm. However, in situations where a person is not eligible for expungement, you must file an Application For Relief From Disability in accordance with section 2923.14 of the Ohio Revised Code. Northeast Ohio expungement attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ. can help you through the process of restoring your right to protect yourself.

The Right Northeast Ohio Expungement Attorney for the Job

Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ. has experience handling a wide variety of criminal defense issues, including expungement procedures. He will take the time to listen to your concerns and guide you through the entire expungement procedure. Not only can he file the appropriate paperwork with the court, but he will advocate on your behalf at your expungement hearing. If an expungement is granted, he will ensure that your criminal case is effectively removed from all public records.

If you have been charged with a crime — whether you were convicted or the case was dismissed — Northeast Ohio expungement attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ. can help. Click here for a free initial consultation or call (440) 241-4237 to start planning your defense.

 

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