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"You got two people applying for the same job, one got a criminal record, one doesn who going to get hired?" asks Erin Rosen. She a West Chester attorney in the law firm of Lyons Lyons who handles a form of expungements. "It going to be the person without the criminal record. This is trying to even the playing field for these people."Rosen is a former magistrate and saw the problem first hand in her courtroom, people making small mistakes and not being able to move on with their life."I can get a job Burberry Wallet Chain
if you get in trouble again, law enforcement can call it up immediately, and then it will come back to haunt you, again. "In Ohio, the criminal records are actually sealed," Rosen explains. "Criminal background checks would not get it, but law enforcement would have access to it, and certain government agencies will have access to it."That records which are "sealed." When a record "expunged," no one can find it, not even law enforcement. However, expungments almost never happen. "If you convicted of certain offenses, you obviously can be around children," said Rosen. Burberry Black Label Card Holder
because I have this marijuana possession," she recalls people saying. "I have this theft, you know, I stole a toothbrush when I was 19 from whatever drugstore, and it still on my record."Here the way it used to work. If you had two convictions, even if one wasn a criminal offense, like say a DUI or leaving the scene of an accident, neither could be sealed. They stayed on your record, literally, forever. It followed you around like a dark shadow that you can get rid of."So many people weren eligible before, so someone who got a petty theft when they were 19 and then got a DUI when they were 30," Rosen surmises, "Now they 40 and they can get that theft sealed from when they Prada Cahier Green were 19 because they had the DUI."It could also affect other parts of convicts lives. "The background checks can go for housing, financial aid when you applying for college," adds Rosen. "Your criminal history has a big impact on your life."But that changed in September when lawmakers passed a new law. "I think there was a big push from the Ohio General Assembly to expand the law," she says. "They opened the door just a little bit, they cracked the door just a little more, let people become eligible to have those records sealed because so many didn qualify."Sealed, but not expunged. The difference is simple. When a record sealed, it removed from public access at the courthouse, and anyone doing a background check for employment or housing or otherwise won be able to find it. However, Burberry Bag Price
"You can be a teacher. A classic example would be sex offenders. Sex offenses can ever be sealed."So, what are the new guidelines? It simple. A person can have two convictions, no more. What if they have three small, insignificant misdemeanors? No. Two the limit. What if they have a misdemeanor and a felony conviction? Yes. That can be sealed. So, in that case, what kind of felonies are we talking about that someone can be convicted of but can now get rid of so that no one else finds out about it?"Possession of drugs that are felony level," Rosen explains. "Other crimes like possession of cocaine, felony theft, and receiving stolen property. Anything where there not a victim, so to speak, victim less crimes," she added. "It probably easier for me to say the kinds of offenses that cannot be sealed, such as murder, sex offenses, crimes of violence, felonious assault, burglary, robbery."
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