How Record Expungement Can Benefit You
There are many benefits to having your criminal record expunged. Whether you are applying for a new job, a professional license, citizenship, or even an apartment, people reviewing your application may want to know if you have ever been convicted of a criminal charge. If you have a conviction for a criminal charge in your record, it is not likely that you will be chosen for the job, promotion, given your professional license, considered for citizenship, or perhaps even be allowed to rent an apartment. Further, if you are involved in legal proceedings as a party or simply a witness, you will be in question about your past criminal record. If you have convictions in your history, the court or a jury may be unlikely to believe your testimony as a witness or they may doubt the merits of your case if you are a party.
Since the tragic attacks of 9/11, routine background checks of current employees and potential employees have become more common. Several years ago, a simple criminal conviction may not have had any impact, but today a criminal conviction may bar you from career opportunities, or advancement, or may cause you to lose your current job. An expungement of a criminal case has many benefits, but perhaps the most valuable is to be able to check ‘No’ when asked by your employer or a potential employer about your past. Ohio expungement law permits a person to deny any conviction or arrest that has been expunged and sealed.
Expungement of a criminal conviction is an excellent way to put the past behind you and close a chapter on a past mistake. With an expungement of the record, a person can go forward with their life without being haunted by a prior conviction or having to disclose a criminal record. Expungements can provide a clean slate, peace of mind, and the freedom to pursue career opportunities that may not have been available with a criminal record.
Expungement is a Second Chance at Life
We’ve helped so many people in the 88 counties in Ohio with expungement and many of them tell us that when the judge makes the final decision to seal their record, they feel a sense of overwhelming relief. If you are living with past convictions that make you hold your breath with every background check, let our law firm help you put the past behind you. We offer a free online consultation, payment plans, and a team of experts who will represent you from application to final decision.