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I am sorry to hear about your difficult situation.
Can you please tell me if you had been convicted of this marijuana possession misdemeanor?
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I haven't actually been convicted yet, but after my court hearing October 11 I will.
Unfortunately, there would not be an option to permanently remove such misdemeanor conviction under the current Ohio law.
Are you pleading guilty to this drug offense?
I'm going to have to plead guilty since I can't afford a lawyer.
Have you considered requesting a public defender?
Yes. They said I don't qualify because the case is too small.
Possibly, because the case does not carry any potential jail sentence.
In any case, in Ohio a misdemeanor conviction can be expunged, once the sentence is served, but it cannot be permanently removed.
There is simply no such legal option.
Does this make sense?
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So what your telling me is I'll have this on my record for life?
It will not come up for the purposes of private background checks, if the conviction is expunged.
But the conviction will stay on your record for life for most of the government purposes.
How long does it take to get expunged?
First you would have to complete your sentence and not have any other convictions, before you can apply for an expungement
once the sentence is completed it can take 2-3 months or longer in some cases to get the record expunged, depending on how busy the court is and particular circumstances of your specific case.
It would be a good idea to consult and retain a local criminal attorney before you are convicted to see if the criminal charge can be reduced or even dismissed.
How old are you by the way?
Well, unfortunately, conviction for any drug offense would preclude you from obtaining financial aid in the future, if you decide to go to collect or a technical school.
Do you have any related follow up questions for me at this time?
how much does the typical defense lawyer cost?(estimate)
Were you charged with simple possession of marijuana?
How much marijuana was there?
less than that really
basically, it should not cost more than $1,000-$2,000 for a local criminal defense attorney to handle such minor misdemeanor.
It might even be less.
I would suggest that you do contact several local criminal defense attorneys to see what fee they might be able to offer you.
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no that's it
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