Criminal Records, Expungement, & Employmentin Ohio<br />215 East 9th St., Suite 601<br />Cincinnati, OH 45202<br />Ohio Ju...
It depends!<br />What is a criminal record, anyway?<br />Who is asking?<br />and<br />Who are they asking?<br />
Background Checks<br />1.<br />2.<br />3.<br />4.<br />5.<br />
Only two form letters: ‘No Record’  and ‘May Not Meet…’<br />
F<br />B<br />I<br />Page 1				              Page 2<br />
Page 3				              Page 4<br />
Lots of doors to get through first.<br />By statute, only ‘first offenders’ are eligible.<br />So, can I get my record exp...
Felony<br />What is a first offender?<br />1<br />Minor Misdemeanor<br />Misdemeanor<br />A whole bunch<br />
But some offenses are never eligible<br /><ul><li>Traffic offenses (except DUI).  But traffic offenses don’t count as offe...
“Offenses of violence”
Sexual offenses
Any offense against someone under 18 years old</li></li></ul><li>But you can alwaysget any non-convictions expunged!<br />...
Dismissed (pre-trial)
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Get a detailed understanding of the various forms a criminal record can take, the potential problems with those records, and how to get state criminal records expunged under Ohio law.

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Criminal Record &amp; Expungement Presentation

  1. 1. Criminal Records, Expungement, & Employmentin Ohio<br />215 East 9th St., Suite 601<br />Cincinnati, OH 45202<br />Ohio Justice & Policy Center<br />
  2. 2. It depends!<br />What is a criminal record, anyway?<br />Who is asking?<br />and<br />Who are they asking?<br />
  3. 3. Background Checks<br />1.<br />2.<br />3.<br />4.<br />5.<br />
  4. 4.
  5. 5.
  6. 6.
  7. 7. Only two form letters: ‘No Record’ and ‘May Not Meet…’<br />
  8. 8. F<br />B<br />I<br />Page 1 Page 2<br />
  9. 9. Page 3 Page 4<br />
  10. 10. Lots of doors to get through first.<br />By statute, only ‘first offenders’ are eligible.<br />So, can I get my record expunged?<br />
  11. 11. Felony<br />What is a first offender?<br />1<br />Minor Misdemeanor<br />Misdemeanor<br />A whole bunch<br />
  12. 12. But some offenses are never eligible<br /><ul><li>Traffic offenses (except DUI). But traffic offenses don’t count as offenses at all for expungment purposes.
  13. 13. “Offenses of violence”
  14. 14. Sexual offenses
  15. 15. Any offense against someone under 18 years old</li></li></ul><li>But you can alwaysget any non-convictions expunged!<br /><ul><li>Non-conviction means not guilty
  16. 16. Dismissed (pre-trial)
  17. 17. Acquitted (at trial)
  18. 18. No bill or Ignored (pre-indictment)
  19. 19. If you paid a ticket, you were found guilty
  20. 20. Expungement of non-convictions is free. (and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!)
  21. 21. Any number of non-convictions can be expunged, but judge still has discretion to deny</li></li></ul><li>Who Can See Expunged Offenses?<br /><ul><li>Prosecutors, judges, and police
  22. 22. A few employers, such as:
  23. 23. Jobs working with children or the elderly (e.g. schools or health-care services)
  24. 24. Law enforcement
  25. 25. Lottery-related jobs
  26. 26. Some professional licensing boards, such the State Accountancy Board, State Medical Board, State Dental Board, State Board of Nursing, State Board of Psychology, and others, for the purposes of license denial, suspension, or revocation.
  27. 27. In these cases, a person can be denied a job or professional license/certification because of an expunged offense.</li></li></ul><li>Advice for People Who are Not Eligible for Expungement<br />Enroll in a job training program<br />Obtain letters of recommendation<br />Include a short explanation about why the conviction would not prevent you from being a successful employee/tenant<br />Do not lie on your application<br />Be prepared to answer questions about your record<br />Know the limits<br />
  28. 28. Juvenile Records<br /><ul><li>Juvenile justice records are notcriminal records
  29. 29. “adjudicated delinquents”
  30. 30. a person with ONLY a juvenile record can legally say they have never been convicted of a crime
  31. 31. They are notpublic information and will notappear on a background check from the Clerk of Courts, a sheriff’s check, or on private background checks
  32. 32. For a few jobs, violent offenses and offenses that would have been a felony if committed by an adult will appear on a BCII/FBI background check</li>

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