My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced criminal
laws have broadened considerably that may be helpful to you. Under the new expungement law if you have only one felony conviction and no more than one unrelated misdemeanor
, you can be eligible to apply for an expungement.
Keep in mind, however, that being eligible to apply does not mean that one automatically gets the expungment. Expungements are discretionary. Be aware that the same judge who sentenced you would be the one to preside over the expungment petition.
So, although technically an expungement can be done without a lawyer, you may not want to do this one yourself. There are lawyers who specialize in pardons, expungments and the restoration of rights, and you'd do better to have a lawyer "package you" for expungement purposes and argue the petition.
Here is some additional information about Ohio expungement and a link to the forms you would need:
You can contact the Ohio Bar Association's Lawyer referral unit to find an expungement lawyer or use a commercial service such as Martindale.com.
If when you consult with an attorney he tells you that an expungement is out of the question, you can apply to the governor for a pardon.
You can read more about the pardon process here.
If none of the other options above can succeed, the only other possibility for you would require hiring a lawyer and trying to reopen your old case to get it dismissed in the interest of justice
. A judge has the power to dismiss a case under Equity when the law does not allow for it. They use these powers very sparingly and generally only to prevent an injustice. You would need to talk to a criminal lawyer who could bring the petition and determine whether this is a viable possibility for you.