OVI– OVI is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Also known as DWI, Driving while intoxicated or DUI driving under the influence. Often times this citation will be coupled with another traffic violation such as speeding, left of center, marked lanes or traffic control device.
Traffic Tickets– Traffic tickets contain a citation or summons issued to an individual alleged to have violated a motor vehicle law. The citation may or may not require a court appearance.
Misdemeanor Offense– A misdemeanor criminal offense is an offense that is less serious than a felony and more serious than a minor misdemeanor or infraction. Misdemeanors are generally punishable by a fine and incarceration in a local county jail, unlike infractions/minor misdemeanors, which impose no jail time.
Felony Offense – A felony criminal offense is an offense that is classified as the most serious types of offenses. They can be violent, or non-violent and typically result in sentences of at least one year incarceration. The imprisonment will likely be served in a prison facility rather than a county or local jail establishment. Criminal fines may also be imposed and often amount to thousands of dollars.
Expungement– In Ohio, expungement is the same as sealing a record. It is a legal process that allows one to have any and all references to a prior criminal conviction and/or arrest cleared and their court file sealed. The result of this process is that the conviction is considered as if you were never convicted of the crime.