Sealing of Records
Request to seal a non-conviction
Request to view a sealed record
Sealing records means officially preventing access to particular records except under very limited circumstances. Expunging records means to destroy particular records. In Ohio, records in adult criminal cases cannot be expunged but may be sealed if a person is eligible under the law.
Some of the items or issues a Court must consider at the hearing to seal records of conviction include:
- whether the applicant is an eligible offender
- whether criminal proceedings are pending against the applicant
- whether the applicant has been rehabilitated
- the prosecutor’s objections, if any
- the interests of the applicant in having the records sealed against any legitimate needs of the government to maintain the records
If the court is satisfied after considering all of these factors, the court shall order the official records of the case sealed. In that circumstance, the proceedings in the original case will be treated as if they never happened.