If I have a possession charge from 9 years ago that was a payout ticket and a paraphernalia charge from 8 years ago that was a 4th degree misdemeanor, can I have them both expunged from my record?

I just recently moved in with my girlfriend and in order to live here, her apartments require a background check. They said I have a criminal record so I am unable to reside here. I want to see if I can get these charges expunged from my record or can they only be sealed?

Asked on July 31, 2012 under Criminal Law, Ohio


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Given the length of time that has passed since you were convicted of the crimes that you have written about and that they were not serious offenses, there is a good chance that you may have one or both convictions expunged depending upon what you have done with your life since.

I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney who has done expungments before to see what the costs would be for such an application and the chances for success.

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