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    Default How Does Expungement Work in Ohio

    My question involves criminal records for the state of: Ohio

    My daughter, when she was 18, was caught shoplifting from a Walmart store in Ohio. The item she tried to take was $1.95.

    She was escorted by store security, handcuffed, and then put in a police car and taken to the local jail.
    She was fingerprinted, and released in 2 hours. Two weeks later she returned to a hearing, and was ordered to pay a $250.00 fine
    and that was the last we had heard.

    Brief background, my daughter, in her last year of high school, at the age of 18, was going through difficult times, she eventually was diagnosed with manic depressive disorder (bi-polar) shortly after that. It was quite the process for our entire family. But, we are so proud of our beautiful daughter for staying strong and moving forward.

    She is in her 3rd year of college, majoring in education, and will have to go into the classroom to obtain some of her credits. We obviously want to try to get an expungement, but our concern is that she was fingerprinted.

    Does getting this expunged from her record also include removing her record of being fingerprinted?

    How long does the process of getting an expungement take in Ohio?

    We would have done all this sooner, but I think we put it all out of our mind!

    Thanks so much,

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    Default Re: How Does Expungement Work in Ohio

    Every state has different expunction laws. I am not going to pretend I know the laws in your state. Here is the big question. Does the Ohio Education Agency have access to expunged records? In Texas the answer would be no and in Florida the answer would be yes. What about Ohio? Not sure but here is some food for thought. In states where convictions can't be expunged the laws are stronger at protecting this kind of information. In other words, in a state where convictions can be expunged more agencies would have access to that record.

    They will always have the fingerprints for investigative purposes and to determine her punishment in any future crimes.

    In Texas you would file a petition and get a court date. If the judge signs the order on the court date it takes about 60 days for the record to be cleared.

    Yes, research getting the record expunged but you fail I highly doubt they would deny a state licence over this.

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