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Sealing of the record (expungement) pursuant to O.R.C. 2953.31 through 2953.61
An expungement is the sealing of a criminal record so it is not publicly available.
Expungement Overview
1. Where to go for an application/motion for expungement:
Misdemeanor Hamilton County
Justice Center
Room 115
1000 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
8AM - 3PM
Monday - Friday
Felony Hamilton County
Court House
Room 315
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
8AM - 4PM
Monday - Friday
2. Eligibility:
  • No D.U.I.'s/O.V.I.'s
  • No non-supports
  • No limit for ignored, dismissed, or acquitted finding
  • Must be an "eligible offender".
    • An eligible offender is definded 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 then one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction in this state or any other jurisdiction.
3. Waiting Period:
  • 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.
4. Filing Fee:
  • No fee for non-convictions
  • $50 non-refundable fee for convictions
Expungement Links
Common Pleas Expungement
1. Guidelines
2. Expungement Application
3. Affidavit of Indigency
Municipal Court Expungement
1. Guidelines
2. Application for Expungement - Conviction
3. Application for Expungement - Non-Conviction
4. Affidavit of Indigency
Hamilton County Office of Re-entry & The Ohio Justice Policy Center
1. Ohio Criminal Records Manual
Quick Links