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Columbus Criminal Record Sealing Lawyers

waiting periods for
sealing a criminal record/expungement

Our Record Sealing Lawyers

Our attorneys have represented clients in sealing and expunging criminal records since 1984. We are able to file an application for sealing/expungement and appear in court on behalf of our clients. Our clients will likely never need to step foot in a courtroom. We will do all the work and guarantee you competent representation. 

Ohio expungement and record sealing laws grant anyone who has been convicted of no more than five felonies in either the fourth or fifth degree and/or misdemeanors the right to file for expungement/sealing. Exceptions to this law are felonies of the first or second degree, convictions from felony sex offenses, and convictions from violent crimes (including misdemeanor domestic violence). Moreover, there are other exceptions to this general rule such as certain enhancable offenses like OVI convictions and traffic tickets. 


Columbus Criminal Record Sealing Waiting Period

The waiting periods to request sealing are as follows: 

•    Misdemeanors – 1 Year From Disposition 
•    One (1) F4/F5 Felony – 3 Years From Disposition
•    Two (2) F4/F5 Felonies – 4 Years From Disposition
•    Three (3) to Five (5) F4/F5 Felonies – 5 years From Disposition

Once sealing is requested, the prosecutor maintains the right to file an objection and argue that the record should not be sealed. 


If you would think that you have a record that could be sealed under these new guidelines please call our office. 

Our Team

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Our Attorneys

Eric J. Hoffman, Esq.


Jordan D. Hoffman, Esq.



338 South HIgh Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215



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