Learn More About Expungement

Michael C. Hennenberg is an Ohio criminal defense lawyer who has more than 35 years of experience representing acquitted and eligible offenders in Ohio courts in the expungement process. In Pepper Pike v. Doe, 66 Ohio St. 2d 374 (1981), Mr. Hennenberg was the first lawyer in Ohio to successfully argue in the Ohio Supreme Court that individuals who have won their criminal cases have a constitutional privacy right to have their arrest and court records expunged.

Contact Michael C. Hennenberg in the Cleveland area today to learn more about the potential for an expungement in your specific situation.

Mr. Hennenberg Fights Aggressively for His Clients' Rights to Expungement

Black's Law Dictionary defines acquittal as "the legal and formal certification of the innocence of a person who has been charged with crime; a deliverance or setting free a person from a charge of guilt; finding of not guilty."

Ohio Revised Code Section 2953.31(A) defines an eligible offender as "anyone who has been convicted of an offense in this state or any other jurisdiction and who has not more than one felony conviction, not more than two misdemeanor convictions if the convictions are not of the same offense, or not more than one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction in this state or any other jurisdiction..."

Types of Expungement

  • The first type of expungement permits people who have won their cases by acquittal, dismissal, straight release or grand jury no bill to have their arrests and/or court records sealed.
  • The second type gives most misdemeanor and some felony first offenders the ability to have their arrests and conviction court records sealed.

The Expungement Process

During the expungement process, Mr. Hennenberg will:

  • Interview the applicant and double-check court records to determine the individual's eligibility for expungement
  • Prepare and file an Application for Expungement in the appropriate court
  • Appear at all scheduled court appearances
  • Follow up with the arresting law enforcement agency and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI), when applicable, to ensure that the individual's record has been sealed and no longer appears in law enforcement databases

"In today's world, many public and private sector employers conduct criminal background checks on current and prospective employees. In some cases, an arrest that did not result in a conviction or a questionable case that was plea bargained down can cause a qualified applicant to be denied an excellent employment opportunity. Expungement is a term used in Ohio to describe the sealing of arrest, court and/or criminal conviction records."

Michael C. Hennenberg
Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Contact Cleveland Expungement Attorney Michael C. Hennenberg Today

For a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine your eligibility for expungement, contact Michael C. Hennenberg.