Attorney Matthew C. Bangerter North Eastern Ohio

An Overview Of Expungement


An expungement is a process whereby a person’s criminal records are cleared and sealed. Ohio criminal defense attorney Matthew Bangerter focuses on representing clients facing state and federal criminal charges. As an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney, he is well-versed in criminal court procedures, including expungements.

If you have been charged with a crime – whether or not you were convicted or the case was dismissed contact the Cleveland criminal defense attorney Matthew Bangerter at (440) 409-7898 to discuss a possible expungement of your criminal records.

What Is Ohio Expungement Attorney?

An expungement is a court proceeding whereby any and all references to a prior criminal conviction are cleared and the court file is sealed so that the end result is as if there were never a conviction of the crime. Some states have separate legal proceedings for the expungement of records and the sealing of records, but Ohio expungement attorney laws state that removal of the conviction from your record and sealing of the record are completed in the same court proceeding.

What Convictions Can Be Expunged?

In Ohio, an expungement proceeding can remove the following from your record:

  • Charges filed against you
  • Charges filed against you, but later dismissed
  • Charges that resulted in a verdict of not guilty
  • Charges that resulted in an acquittal
  • Charges that resulted in a criminal conviction
  • No bills by grand jury
  • Bail forfeitures

Ohio expungement attorney Matthew Bangerter focuses on a wide variety of criminal defense matters, including all types of expungement proceedings. If you have been charged or convicted of a crime, contact knowledgeable Cleveland criminal defense attorney Matthew Bangerter to discuss your legal defense strategy and/or expungement.

What Happens Following an Expungement Proceeding?

If the court grants an order expunging and sealing your criminal records, the charges and/or conviction will essentially be removed from your record. An expungement order prohibits government officials from discussing, disclosing, or reporting your arrest, indictment, trial, conviction, or sentence.

What Is the Process for Obtaining an Expungement Order?

In order to have your criminal case expunged and sealed, you must file an Application for Expungement and Sealing of Record. After the application is filed, the court will order an expungement hearing pursuant to Ohio Expungement Statute, O.R.C. 2953.32 and O.R.C. 2953.52. At the hearing, the court will consider a variety of factors to determine whether to grant the expungement order and the prosecution may provide arguments against the granting of an expungement.

What About My Gun Rights??

Getting your case expunged does not restore your right to own a firearm.  In order to restore your right to have a gun you must file an “application for relief from disability” in accordance with section 2923.14 of the Ohio Revised Code.  Cleveland expungement attorney Matthew Bangerter can help you through the process of restoring your right to protect yourself.

Cleveland criminal defense attorney Matthew Bangerter has experience handling a wide variety of criminal defense issues, including expungement proceedings. He will take the time to listen to your concerns and guide you through the entire process for obtaining an expungement. Not only can he file the appropriate paperwork with the court, but he will advocate on your behalf at your expungement hearing. If an expungement is granted, he will ensure that your criminal case is effectively removed from all public records.

If you have been charged with a crime – whether you were convicted or the case was dismissed contact the Cleveland criminal defense attorney Matthew Bangerter at (440) 409-7898 to discuss a possible expungement of your criminal records.

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