Your grandson is eligible for sealing his records if he has one misdemeanor. I will tell you how to go about this. Are you in Lorain County and was this the court that dismissed his case? If so you can go to the clerk of this court and find out the following: a) the case numbers of the dismissed case; b) the name (e.g. unlawful entering of car, theft) and degree (e.g. 1st degree misdemeanor or ‘M1’) of each of your offense; b) the date the case was dismissed; and c) the date you completed your entire sentence if any (probation completed, fines paid). You can go in person, call by telephone, or, in many counties, search the clerk’s website. Ask the clerk for their expungement or sealing record forms.It is important to review them in case the court you are dealing with has specific way of doing things. The clerk may have different forms for sealing convictions, dismissals, or acquittals, so make sure you get the right packet of forms. Also ask how many copies of the forms you will need to file. Complete the application forms and make the copies the court needs, along with an extra copy for yourself. File the Application. Bring the completed forms and copies back to the clerk’s office. You must file in the county where the case was handled. Also, you may need to pay a $50 fee for filing an application to seal a conviction record (check on the amount with clerk). However, filing an application to seal a record of dismissal is usually free.
When you file your papers a hearing may be scheduled right when you file or later in the mail. The judge will also notify the prosecutor of your hearing date. If the prosecutor does not want the judge to seal your record, the prosecutor may file an objection that includes specific reasons before the hearing. Between when you file and the hearing date, most courts ask their probation department to verify that you are eligible; that may include running a national criminal background check. The probation department may call you with questions during this time as well. Prepare what your grandson will say in court on the day of the hearing. A judge is required to decide whether you have been rehabilitated before sealing your record. If the prosecutor objects, the judge is also supposed to weigh whether it is in the public interest for your record to be sealed. So, your grandson should be prepared for the judge to ask you what he has been doing since he was charged and why he wants the record sealed (to go in military. The judge wants to hear that your grandson is going to school, working, volunteering, being a good citizen. At the hearing, the judge will listen to your reasons for requesting that your record be sealed and will listen to any objection from the prosecutor. If this was dismissed, the judge will probably grant the request for sealing. The judge usually decides whether or not to seal your record at the hearing. However, if the judge decides after the hearing, you will be notified by mail.
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