Often, an Underage Alcohol offense and a Fake ID offense can be dismissed
by agreement with the state of Ohio. This is commonly referred to a diversion.
In Oxford, first offenses usually qualify depending on the facts and circumstances
of your case.
One of the tools utilized is Oxfords Alcohol Education Program or AEP. This program is maintained and operated by the City of Oxford. It can be a valuable tool to get your charge dismissed. It is important to be careful before entering into this program. To be eligible for this program you must be charged with criminal offense(s) by the Oxford Police (State charges from Miami University Police to not qualify). You have Constitutional rights related to these charges and these charges usually carry with them the possibility of 180 days in jail and a $1000.
Many young people enter into this program without consulting with an attorney. At Haughey & Niehaus, LLC, we offer free consultations on criminal matters. Make an appointment or call before you decide your fate.
We can help you answer important questions such as:
It is important that you understand these rights before you enter into an agreement with the City of Oxford and try to navigate the court system. When you are charged with criminal offenses, you must consider all of the ramifications of your choices--whether it'd the AEP or a guilty plea. At Haughey & Niehaus, LLC, we recommend you come in for a free consultation before you make a decision that could affect the rest of your life.
Even if you have been convicted of a crime, there is still hope. In many instances, you can still reclaim your reputation through the sealing of your record. This was formerly known as expungement. If you've been charged with a crime, but it was dismissed or you were found not guilty, most courts will grant a sealing of the charged offense as a matter course.
Recently, the State of Ohio has expanded your ability to clear your record, even in instances where you have been convicted of more than one offense. This does not generally apply for most crimes of violence and other certain other offense like sex crimes. But in many instances, even if you have no expungeable offenses on your record (like OVI or DUI), you can still apply to have your record sealed.
Once you've had your record sealed, your criminal conviction will no longer be public and usually cannot be viewed through routine background checks. Though some offenses may still be available to specific reporting agencies, the sealing process can improve your ability to get jobs, rent an apartment or qualify for certain educational opportunities.
At Haughey & Niehaus, LLC, our AEP/diversion attorneys in Warren County have decades of experience with securing clean reputations and working with Ohio's sealing laws. We have detailed knowledge of Ohio's new sealing law and the background check process. We have successfully sealed hundreds of criminal convictions for our clients and protected their reputation in the process. Let us help you anywhere in Butler, Mason, or Oxford.
Call today at (513) 802-9283 to begin.