Akron, OH asked in Criminal Law for Ohio

Q: Hi, escambia county criminal question

Long story short, sentenced to e yrs probation for 2 counts of cocaine possession. this August will be two years from time of conviction. Really done well in probation, stayed clean, working, etc. Interstate compact to ohio, if that matters. It's looking like here in ohio I might he able to get my entire criminal record expunged pretty soon here.

My question is, is there anything I can do to get a reduction or dismissal or anything? I've heard of reductions there. How do I proceed if so? Can you recommend a good attorney in that area? I am certain I dont qualify for expungement in Florida. thanks in advance for what you do.

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Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Ravenna, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: If you're on probation, then you have already pled to the charges. Unless this was some deal as part of a diversion program that is. If it's actual probation and you pled to the charges, then no, you can't get a dismissal or reduction at this point.

Depending on the terms of the sentence, you might be able to get off probation early. I would go back and review the plea form you signed and/or follow up with the attorney who assisted you with the case. You also may be able to check with your probation officer and see what he or she shows.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: An Ohio court can only expunge the records of a crime committed in Ohio. Our courts have no authority to order records of a Florida court sealed. As for reductions and dismissals, unless you’re currently in a diversion program, you already pleaded guilty and were sentenced, so it’s too late for that.

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