Overview Description

Records related to a case ending in dismissal or acquittal can be expunged by the court immediately if the charges resulted from being a victim of human trafficking. ORC Ann. § 2953.521.

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language on ineligibility.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the court that handled the case. For specific procedure, see ORC Ann. section 2953.521.


There is no statutory language on fees.


The proceedings in the case shall be considered not to have occurred and the official records shall be expunged. The official records shall not be used for any purpose, including a criminal records check under section 109.572 of the Revised Code. The applicant may, and the court shall, reply that no record exists with respect to the applicant upon any inquiry into the matter. ORC Ann. § 2953.521(H).

Waiting Periods

The petition may be filed at any time.

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