Expungement law details
Here are details about Ohio's expungement law, provided by the Ohio Justice & Police Center and the Summit County Clerk of Courts:
Who is eligible: People with nonviolent, nonsexual misdemeanors and/or felonies of the fourth or fifth degree.
Number of convictions: Up to five fourth- or fifth-degree felonies and/or unlimited misdemeanors.
Waiting periods: For a misdemeanor, one year after the disposition. For one felony, three years. For two felonies, four years. For three to five felonies, five years.
How to apply: Complete a record sealing application in the clerk of courts where the conviction occurred.
Cost: The filing fee is $50 or more. (Summit County Common Pleas Court charges $100.) A person can ask the court to waive this fee by filing an affidavit of indigence.
For more information: Visit the Ohio Justice & Policy Center’s website, www.ohiojpc.org/criminal-record-sealing-in-ohio/.
The University of Akron’s law school offers monthly clinics to assist people who want to get their records expunged and their driver’s licenses restored. The clinics are from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
Here are the dates and locations of the next upcoming clinics:
• Nov. 17: Barberton Middle School, 477 Fourth St. NW, Barberton.
• Jan. 19: Ohio Means Jobs, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron.
• Feb. 16: The Chapel, 135 Fir Hill, Akron.
• March 16: Open M, 941 Princeton St., Akron.
• April 20: House of the Lord, 1650 Diagonal Road, Akron.
• May 18: Reach Opportunity Center, 390 W. Crosier St., Akron.
For more information on the clinics, call 330-972-7751.