Napoleon85 wrote:Also, the process is a bit broken right now, but a bill that is on it's way to the House aims to fix it.
That is not applicable at all in this case. He has a misdemeanor that has Ohio-only implications. You are talking about felonies and the federal level. Also, you are talking about rights restoration, but the topic here is getting the record sealed (which does work for federal as well).
To the OP:
FWIW, Ohio does not have expungement for adults -- your only recourse is to get your record sealed. There is no practical difference between expungement and sealing anyway, unless someone commits another offense in the future. In those circumstances, a sealed record can be opened to be considered during sentencing of the new offense.
When you get your record sealed. It only costs about 50 bucks and you do not need a lawyer. It will make you feel like that chapter in your life has finally been closed.
Thanks to P-Chan, here's a great PDF with ALL the instructions for an adult in Ohio that wants a record sealed.http://www.ohiolegalservices.org/public ... 011%29.pdf
The process is specified at R.C. 2953.31 through 2953.36
# 2953.31 Sealing of record of conviction definitions.
# 2953.32 Sealing of conviction record or bail forfeiture record.
# 2953.321 Divulging confidential investigatory work product.
# 2953.33 Restoration of rights and privileges.
# 2953.34 Sealing record not to affect appeal rights of first offender.
# 2953.35 Divulging confidential information.
# 2953.36 Sealing of record of conviction exceptions.
Getting your record sealed only works for a "First Time Offender". First time offender includes people who has multiple convictions within a short time period (see definitions).
Let me repeat in case it did not sink in the first time it was mentioned above. Do not possess or have any firearms until the record is sealed or you could potentially be charged with the crime of possessing a firearm under disability.