Expungement Attorneys in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky

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Expungement is a process by which the record of a criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed after expiration of time. After an expungement, the proceedings in the matter are deemed never to have occurred.

A person who has been found not guilty of a crime or for against whom charges have been dismissed may make a motion in the District Court to expunge all records relating to the offense. This petition shall be filed no sooner than sixty (60) days following the order of acquittal or dismissal by the Court.

A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or a violation, may petition the court in which he was convicted for expungement or his misdemeanor or violation record. The petition for expungement may not be filed until at least five (5) years after completion of the person's sentence or five (5) years after completion of the person's probation, whichever occurs later.

Juvenile Records

Any juvenile who has been adjudicated a youthful offender may petition the court for expungement of his juvenile records, unless such adjudications involved guilt or an offense which would have been a felony if the offense had been committed by an adult. The petition for expungement shall be made no earlier than two years after the District Court loses jurisdiction over the person making the motion.

Are You Eligible?

Depending on the type of crime you may be eligible for expungement, which can remove or seal the charge so it is no longer on your record. With our history of success and our extensive experience handling criminal cases, we can work to get your charges dismissed or reduced, and we will also try to make sure you are eligible for diversion or expungement, if possible.

To be eligible for expungement there are certain criteria that must apply, a waiting period, and filing fees. Here are the criteria for Kentucky and Ohio:

There is NO provision in Kentucky law for expungement of a felony conviction.

  • Waiting Period for an Expungement in Covington, Kentucky

    • Misdemeanor - Five (5) years after the completion of the sentence, i.e., after probation is over.
    • Felony - Not eligible to expunge any felonies in Kentucky, however, you may be able to void and vacate. You can ask the Court to void/vacate a felony for possession of controlled substance cases but those are the only ones. The charge of possession of controlled substance in first degree, a Class D felony, may be voided. In accordance with KRS 218A.275, a voided conviction has the same effect as an expungement: the records are sealed and will not show up on background checks, the defendant will not have to disclose the record on employment applications, etc.
  • Filing Fees for an Expungement in Covington, Kentucky

    • No fee for non-convictions
    • $100 non-refundable fee for convictions
  • Eligibility for Expungement in Cincinnati, Ohio

    • No D.U.I.'s/O.V.I.'s
    • No violence
    • No sex crimes
    • No non-supports, i.e., failure to pay child support
    • No limit for ignored, dismissed, or acquitted findings
    • Must be an "eligible offender".
      • § An eligible offender is defined as anyone who has been convicted of an offense in this state or any other jurisdiction and who has not more than one felony conviction, not more than two misdemeanor convictions if the convictions are not of the same offense, or not more than one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction in this state or any other jurisdiction.
  • Waiting Period for an Expungement in Cincinnati, Ohio

    • Misdemeanor - One (1) year after the completion of the sentence.
    • Felony - Three (3) years after the completion of the sentence.
    • Ignored Case - Two (2) years after Grand Jury report ignoring case.
    • Dismissal or Acquittal - No waiting period.
  • Filing Fees for an Expungement in Cincinnati, Ohio:

    • No fee for non-convictions
    • $50 non-refundable fee for convictions

Our criminal defense lawyers are familiar with the eligibility requirements for expungement in Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky, and can help you get a felony or misdemeanor off your record. A small investment in expungement today could mean an increased earning capacity for years to come. Having an experienced attorney to handle your case will help ensure that your case is put through the process accurately and efficiently. Contact The Law Offices of Christopher L. Jackson, LLC today.

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