How easy is it to get a criminal record sealed?

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How easy is it to get a criminal record sealed?

My criminal record was from almost 13 years ago all misdmeanors. Can I do it myself or do I have to have an attorney and if so what kind of attorney. I do not think it is good enough to get my record expunged. I have been in really no trouble since these offenses.

Asked on November 26, 2012 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not you can have your record sealed or "expunged" (i.e. "erased") all depends on the exact nature of the crimes committed and the state in which they were committed.

In some states misdmeanors are eligible for expungement, in others they are not. Somtimes multiple offenses can be expunged, sometimes not.

You may want to consult with an attorney in the area for help. The expungment process, when avialable, can be tedious and time-consuming, not to mention confusing. However, to get startrd, you can google the website of the state in question egarding expungments/sealing. There is a good amount of information on-line.


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