Real-Time Takes: Expungements – Coming Soon!


Real-Time Takes

A Policy Blogcast



On April 4, 2023, Ohio Senate Bill 288 went into effect which expands the eligibility for expunging or sealing criminal records and shortens waiting periods for filing a petition with the court.


The following offenses cannot be expunged or sealed:

  • 1st or 2nd degree felonies
  • 3 or more 3rd degree felonies
  • Traffic convictions
  • Any felony offense of violence
  • Sexually oriented offenses when you are subject to sex offender registry
  • Domestic violence or violating a protection order


If an offense is not listed above, it may be eligible for application to seal or expunge the criminal record(s).


Community Resources:

  • NORA hosts an Expungement Clinic on November 17 from 1-3PM at 1400 East 55th street. Call (216)391-NORA for information.
  • LegalWorks holds weekly office hours at locations throughout Cleveland. Visit us to get immediate help with your legal issues. Your consultation is free and services are low-cost and/or no-cost depending on your unique situation. Schedule an appointment here.


TE ALUMNI - To learn more about eligibility, when and how to apply, contact Greg Reaves, Alumni Coordinator at


About the Author

Brian Balogh is an award winning Professor of History Emeritus in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, with multiple published titles. He founded and recently stepped down as director of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellowship Program which has funded 185 dissertation completion fellowships for scholars from some of the top Ph.D. programs in the world, studying American politics and public policy from an historical perspective.  He was a cohost of the popular public radio show, then podcast, Backstory with the American History Guys.  Balogh focuses on 20th Century U.S. Politics, Environmental History, the history of Science and Technology, and the history of Media and Politics.

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