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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed or expunged in Ohio. Please note that the Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not provide legal advice.

Read the legal policies and statutes for detailed statutory information.

Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview

Most juvenile records can be sealed.

  • If you were never charged or if you were found not delinquent (not guilty), your record should automatically be sealed. You should not have to do anything to get your record sealed.
  • If you are currently under 18, your record can be sealed six months after your case, probation, or commitment ends. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • If you are currently 18 or older, your record can be sealed any time after your case, probation, or commitment ends. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.

Most juvenile records can be expunged.

  • If your record has been sealed, it should be automatically expunged when you turn 23 or five years after it was sealed, whichever comes first. You should not have to do anything to get your record expunged.
  • You can also submit a request to the court to expunge your record any time after it has been sealed, but it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • If your record is for a prostitution-related offense that occurred because you were a victim of human trafficking, it can be expunged at any time. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.

You may not be eligible for expungement if you have certain adjudications on your record, have an open case, are currently on probation or committed to a facility or treatment program, or have pending juvenile charges.

You may not be eligible for expungement if you have certain adjudications on your record, have an open case, are currently on probation or committed to a facility or treatment program, or have pending juvenile charges.

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If you think you might be eligible to have your record expunged, find a lawyer who may be able to help you. Some lawyers might help you for free, although you may still need to pay a fee to file the paperwork in court.

Court Forms and Resources

If you cannot find a lawyer to help you, you may be able to file a petition on your own using these court forms and resources.

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Records relating to a felony conviction may be sealed three years after the person's final discharge, so long as the person has no more than one felony conviction. The court may determine that two or three convictions resulting from criminal acts that were committed within a three-month period should be counted as one conviction. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §§ 2953.32, 2953.31.

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Records relating to a misdemeanor conviction may be sealed one year after the person's final discharge. The court may determine that two or three convictions resulting from criminal acts that were committed within a three-month period should be counted as one conviction. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §§ 2953.32, 2953.31.

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Records of a conviction that resulted from being a victim of human trafficking can be expunged by the court. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2953.38.

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Records related to convictions for improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle pursuant to section 2923.16(B), (C), or (E) that occurred prior to September 30, 2011, can be expunged by the court. ORC Ann. § 2953.37.

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Records relating to one or two convictions for a fourth or fifth degree felony can be sealed by the court four years after the person's final discharge, so long as the person has no more than two felony convictions. ORC Ann. §§ 2953.32, 2953.31.

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Records relating to three to five convictions for a fourth or fifth degree felony can be sealed by the court five years after the person's final discharge, so long as the person has no more than five felony convictions. ORC Ann. §§ 2953.32, 2953.31.

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Records relating to a case dismissed upon the successful completion of intervention in lieu of conviction can be sealed by the court. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2951.041(E).

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Records relating to a criminal charge can be sealed upon the dismissal or a finding of not guilty. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2953.52(A)(1).

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Records relating to a criminal charge can be sealed two years after a grand jury reports no true bill. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2953.52(A)(2).

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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.

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Records relating to a case referred to the court but resolved without the filing of a complaint will be sealed immediately by the court. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.356(B)(1)(b).

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Records of an alcohol-related offense for which the person successfully completed a diversion program will be sealed immediately. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.356(B)(1)(c).

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Records relating to a matter dismissed after a trial or for which the person was found not delinquent will be promptly ordered to be immediately sealed. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.356(B)(1)(d).

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Records relating to an adjudication of delinquency can be sealed upon petition, so long as the person is not under the jurisdiction of the court in relation to a complaint alleging the person to be a delinquent child, six months have passed since termination or relief from registration, and the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.356(C)(1).

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Records relating to an adjudication of delinquency can be sealed upon petition, so long as the person is not under the jurisdiction of the court in relation to a complaint alleging the person to be a delinquent child, at least 18 years of age, and not subject to a disqualifying event. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.356(C)(1).

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Sealed records relating to a juvenile delinquency matter will be expunged on the earlier of five years after the court issues a sealing order or upon the 23rd birthday of the person who is the subject of the sealing order. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.358(A).

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Sealed records relating to a juvenile delinquency matter can be expunged upon petition, if the court finds that the person has been rehabilitated to a satisfactory degree. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.358(B).

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Records relating to an adjudication for solicitation, loitering to engage in solicitation, or prostitution can be expunged upon petition, so long as the person's participation in the act was a result of the person having been a victim of human trafficking. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.358(E).

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A record relating to a matter where charges were not filed or referred to the juvenile court will be sealed immediately by the court. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.356(B)(1)(a).

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