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I know expungement keeps your record hidden from the public,

but I was wondering if...
I know expungement keeps your record hidden from the public, but I was wondering if, it is at all possible, for a minor misdemeanor (Possession of Marijuana) to be completely taken off your record? If so, how long would it take to do such a thing? Besides a simple speeding ticket, I have never had problems with the law. Also, I am planning on going to court October 11.
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I am sorry to hear about your difficult situation.

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yes

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Can you please tell me if you had been convicted of this marijuana possession misdemeanor?

Customer:

yes

Alex J. Esq. :

Thank you for your follow up.

Customer:

I haven't actually been convicted yet, but after my court hearing October 11 I will.

Alex J. Esq. :

Unfortunately, there would not be an option to permanently remove such misdemeanor conviction under the current Ohio law.

Alex J. Esq. :

Are you pleading guilty to this drug offense?

Customer:

I'm going to have to plead guilty since I can't afford a lawyer.

Alex J. Esq. :

Have you considered requesting a public defender?

Customer:

Yes. They said I don't qualify because the case is too small.

Alex J. Esq. :

Possibly, because the case does not carry any potential jail sentence.

Alex J. Esq. :

In any case, in Ohio a misdemeanor conviction can be expunged, once the sentence is served, but it cannot be permanently removed.

Alex J. Esq. :

There is simply no such legal option.

Alex J. Esq. :

Does this make sense?

Alex J. Esq. :

Do you have any related follow up questions?

Customer:

So what your telling me is I'll have this on my record for life?

Alex J. Esq. :

Correct

Alex J. Esq. :

It will not come up for the purposes of private background checks, if the conviction is expunged.

Alex J. Esq. :

But the conviction will stay on your record for life for most of the government purposes.

Customer:

How long does it take to get expunged?

Alex J. Esq. :

First you would have to complete your sentence and not have any other convictions, before you can apply for an expungement

Alex J. Esq. :

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.

Alex J. Esq. :

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.

Alex J. Esq. :

Does this make sense?

Alex J. Esq. :

How old are you by the way?

Customer:

18

Alex J. Esq. :

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.

Alex J. Esq. :

Do you have any related follow up questions for me at this time?

Customer:

how much does the typical defense lawyer cost?(estimate)

Alex J. Esq. :

Were you charged with simple possession of marijuana?

Alex J. Esq. :

How much marijuana was there?

Customer:

.5 grams

Customer:

less than that really

Alex J. Esq. :

basically, it should not cost more than $1,000-$2,000 for a local criminal defense attorney to handle such minor misdemeanor.

Alex J. Esq. :

It might even be less.

Alex J. Esq. :

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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