Can I clean up my criminal history record?

I am 40 years old today. When I was youngI had 2 felony charges for theft; 1 of which was reduced to the highest class of misdemeanor (the charges are 22 and 16 years old respectively). I have had a clean record ever since. I was told that I could not get an expungement due to the 2 convictions being theft related. Is this true, even after all these years? Also, I have been running my own business now for a few years. If I were to go and apply for a job and have a criminal background check, how far back would they look? Would they see these charges?

Asked on September 16, 2014 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Whomever told you about the two theft charges and convictions may have been right.  I am going to give you a link to the Hamilton County court webpage that explains this. Now, a background check should show these convictions so try running one on yourself and see.  Go and speak again to some one about the possibility of a pardon.  You have indeed turned your life around and that should be worth a try and consideration. 

http://www.hamilton-co.org/municipalcourt/expungement/Persons_convicted_of_an_offense.htm


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