Expungment / Sealing of Records
Expungement is the same as sealing a record. It is a court process that allows you to have any and all reference to a prior criminal conviction cleared and your court file sealed. It is just as if you were never convicted of the crime.
When you apply for some jobs, apartments, and licenses, the people reviewing your application might look at your criminal record. If you have a conviction on your record, it is unlikely that you will be chosen for the job, given the apartment to rent, or allowed to get a license.
Under Ohio law, generally an individual is eligible for expungement if he has one felony conviction, one felony conviction and one unrelated misdemeanor conviction, or two unrelated misdemeanor convictions. Certain offenses are not eligible for expungement, and in situations involving multiple convictions as described above expungement is not automatic.
Once your record is expunged, nothing will show up when your record is checked. After expungement is finished, when asked about your past criminal record, you can honestly say that you have none. You can act as if the arrest and conviction never took place.