Sealing of Record / Expungement Information
A Defendant may apply to have their record sealed/expunged pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 2953 if all of the following conditions are met:
- The Defendant is an eligible offender as defined in O.R.C. Section 2953.31.
- The conviction the Defendant is trying to seal/expunge is not one that is precluded by law.
- One year has passed since Defendant has satisfied their sentence conditions or his/her probation term is completed, whichever is later.
- There are no current criminal charges pending against Defendant.
The Euclid Municipal Court Probation Department will submit further instruction, along with a “Standard Investigation Interview Form” via U.S. mail within thirty (30) days of filing the motion or at the Department’s earliest convenience.
Defendant must complete the “Standard Investigation Interview Form” and bring it with them at the scheduled interview with the Euclid Municipal Court Probation Department. Thereafter, the Court will notify Defendant via U.S. mail of the formal hearing.
For any questions, please contact Chief Probation Officer George at 216-289-8296 Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Clerk of Court’s Office and the Euclid Municipal Court Probation Department cannot provide you with legal advice. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to have your record sealed/expunged, please contact a licensed attorney.
When a court orders a record sealed, it is effective on the date of the order to seal the official record and the record of the arresting agency and jail, if applicable. While a case is pending and even after the conviction or dismissal, the case is a public record. While a public record, individuals and private businesses may download information from court, police, or jail files. The court order to seal does not undo such dissemination nor does it apply to private individuals or businesses that may have downloaded your case information before the sealing. Therefore, be advised, that private individuals may still have your case information even after your official record is sealed. If you become aware of such information, it is your responsibility to notify the holder of the information of the existence of the order to seal the record and request that they comply with the spirit of the sealing law and delete the records. However, you should be aware that, under current law, they are not required to do so.