Criminal Charges Filed by University or College Police Can Be Expunged/Sealed
College and university students face lots of pressure and sometimes just need to let off some steam. Unfortunately, the pressure at times may cause them to push the limits of fun and cross over into illegal conduct. A criminal offense can arise from a simple prank- alcohol or drug use or serious criminal offenses. Regardless of the conduct, when a university or campus police file charges, the record of a conviction can have a devastating impact on a student’s future.
Will an Old Criminal Record from College Still Affect Me?
The impact of a criminal conviction on a college student can be severe and with long term consequences. Criminal convictions of college students occur when they are young, and when their future career is just beginning. Now, due to routine background checks of employers, criminal convictions can make it difficult for the student to find employment, or greatly reduce employment opportunities in the future. But the negative consequences of an old conviction go beyond employment. Some charges can impact whether a student is accepted to graduate school, will be eligible for student loans, a professional license, citizenship, housing, and even impact a person’s credit score and their ability to get a loan.
In other words, even if it wasn’t a serious offense, the consequences of an old criminal record from your college days can be just as damaging as any other criminal offense. It is essential criminal records that been filed by university or campus police be sealed as soon they are eligible, in order to preserve the student’s future opportunities and professional reputation.
I Don’t Live in Ohio Now. How Can I Get My Criminal Conviction from College Expunged / Sealed?
Ohio law requires the record sealing / expungement process to occur in the court where conviction occurred, including the court hearing. But many of our clients do not live in Ohio. They may have attended school in Ohio, but have since moved to another state, another country and they cannot to return to Ohio to attend a hearing due to expense or other obligations. In most of these cases, we are able file motions with the Courts and obtain permission so that these clients do not have to come back to Ohio to attend hearings and we go on their behalf. So, if you need an expungement of an old criminal record from college but now live outside of Ohio, we can handle the whole legal process for you and attend the required hearings, without you even coming back to Ohio.
Where Would the Campus Police File Criminal Charges?
Some colleges / universities have their own campus police departments that can file criminal charges against their students when a crime is committed. These campus police officers have authority to perform all the duties of a regular sworn police office. If the college is smaller and has just a campus security department, they will work with the local police department or sheriff’s office to file charges against college students.
When a student must appear at court for a criminal charge, the court proceedings shall take place either in a local Mayors Court, County Court, a County Municipal Court, or a County Common Plea Court. The exact court will be determined on whether the charges are for minor misdemeanor charges, misdemeanor charges, or felony charges. Felony charges are always prosecuted in a County Common Pleas Court. Depending on the location of the offense, Minor Misdemeanor or Misdemeanor cases will be filed in local Mayors Court, a County Court, or Municipal Court.
For example, when the Ohio State University Campus Police Department files criminal charges against a student, misdemeanor charges are filed in Franklin County Municipal Court and Felony charges are filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Campus Police for Otterbein University (also located in Franklin County) will routinely file their misdemeanor charges in the local Westerville Mayor’s Court but File felony charges in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
What Court Handles Expungement for Charges Filed by Campus Police?
An expungement must be filed in the court where the university or college student’s criminal case was resolved, or where the student’s criminal record exist. The court hearing on the expungement shall occur in that same court. To find the court nearest to your school, check out our school/court directory.
Don’t live with a campus arrest any longer
We were kids at one point and recognize that we all make mistakes – especially during college and university years. But at OhioExpungementLaw, we don’t think those mistakes should define you or dictate your future. We want to help you put that conviction behind you and move on with your life. To find out if you are eligible and have fulfilled all of the expungement requirements in Ohio, take our free Eligibility Test. If you are eligible, we’ll show you a fee schedule and agreement, which you can sign online to get started right away.
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