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 deny a conviction when asked by your employer or a potential employer. 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, piece of mind, and the freedom to pursue career opportunities that may not have been available with a criminal record.