Record Sealing / Expungement

One out of every six Ohioans has a felony or misdemeanor record. Criminal records impose a terrible burden on individuals who have otherwise turned their lives around. And there are approximately 850 laws and administrative rules that limit job opportunities for Ohioans with prior convictions. Criminal records also severely impact an individual's ability to obtain affordable housing.

The Public Defender's Office represents individuals seeking to seal or expunge their records in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

If you would like assistance sealing or expunging your record in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, please submit an application, download an application, or call (216) 443-7580 to obtain an application.

Resources Available to Seal Other Criminal Records