Five years after landmark criminal expungement law passed, Ohio attorneys remain busy with record sealing requests

Since then, Ohio attorneys have continued to see an influx of clients hoping to start over and rebuild their lives through expungement.

Tracey Blair
Akron Legal News (OH)
October 6, 2017

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Aid (Central Northeast Ohio), University of Akron School of Law


“When the law was changed to allow two convictions, it changed the way people are seeing those with a criminal record,” said Dawn Spriggs, supervising attorney at Community Legal Aid, a nonprofit law firm that serves the legal needs of low-income people in central and northeast Ohio.

“Having a `record’ can create issues with employment opportunities, custody, or even purchasing a home.”

According to a 2009 U.S. Department of Justice study, people with criminal convictions of any kind were 50 percent less likely to receive a job offer.

“The implications of that can be crushing,” said Spriggs. “It can keep people from turning their lives around and changing for the better. And what’s worse, it can impact future generations.”