Sealing Criminal Records

A criminal record can be detrimental to your future. Among other problems, it can prevent you from getting a job, a promotion, or from being able to travel abroad. A criminal record may prevent you from getting into a school, getting a professional license or certification. It may hurt your credit, keep you from renting an apartment, or owning a firearm. A criminal record can be embarrassing to you and your family.

The New Law

Prior to September 28, 2012, only someone who was convicted of one crime once could be eligible to seal their record in Ohio (provided the conviction was not an offense specifically excluded from the sealing law, Ohio Revised Code 2953.36). On September 28, 2012 the law changed and someone convicted of 2 crimes may be eligible to have one or both convictions sealed. If you, or someone you know, has been convicted of 1 or 2 offenses, the criminal records may be able to be sealed.

Call us at 513-777-2222 to learn more about sealing criminal records in Ohio

What Does It Cost For Sealing Criminal Records

Each case is unique, but generally the fee for representation will be as follows:
  • A misdemeanor sealing petition would be $395.00, plus the court filing fee
  • A felony sealing petition would be $495.00, plus the court filing fee
The court filing fee is normally $50.00, but some courts charge more. The fee would cover preparation and filing of the petition and if necessary, one court appearance.  If there are complications, or more than one court appearance is required, the fee could be higher. If there are additional fees beyond the initial retainer, the client would be advised before the fee is charged. If the court denies the petition and an appeal is desired, there would be a new fee and court costs for the appeal. Lyons & Lyons Co., L.P.A. accepts cash, checks, and the following debit or credit cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.