Can convictions be reduced/changed retroactively?

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Can convictions be reduced/changed retroactively?

In 2007 I was charged with domestic violence. Being only 19 years old and having no experience in any such legal proceedings, and being unadvised, I made the mistake of pleading guilty at my arraignment and as such was convicted of Misdemeanor Domestic Violence.

Now that I am 31 years old, it is finally starting to hit me how severe the implications of such a conviction is, and how grave a mistake I had made in not denying guilt.

My question is whether or not anything can be done, or must I simply now live with this conviction?

Asked on January 20, 2019 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

It may be possible to get the conviction expunged, which means having the record formally sealed. If this is done, the conviction officially "disappears" for almost all purposes: it will be as if you were never convicted. In your state (OH), many, but not all, misdeamors can be expunged--it would be well worth your time to consult with a criminal defense attorney about this, to see if your case can be expunged. If it can be, let the lawyer do this for you--you want to make sure it is done correctly and as expeditiously as possible. Good luck.


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