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Matthew O. Williams, Attorney at Law

Effective October 29, 2018 Ohio Expungement Eligibility is being dramatically increased. If you have been told you have too many convictions in the past, give me a call at

(216) 785-0093

      As an Ohio attorney, I know the legal system is large, complex, and intimidating. I understand the process and rules are unclear. If you, a family member, or a friend have been arrested, charged with a crime, are the subject of an investigation, or involved in a dispute with the government, it is in the accused person's best interest to obtain legal representation. 


      As an attorney, my job is to defend your interests, freedom, dignity and reputation. Do not let the system intimidate you. I am here to help. I practice law with a two part philosophy, which I am ready to put to work for you.


      First, the client is a person. As my client, I will treat you as a person, not as a number, a case, or a wallet. I will give you courtesy and respect and treat your problems with diligent attention. 


     Second, the lawyer is an advocate, a guide, and an adviser. I will be your advocate. I will investigate the evidence and claims against you. I will present the evidence and claims in your favor. I will ensure that your rights are respected. I will guide you. I will explain the workings of the legal system so you will know what to expect and when to expect it. I will keep you informed of the status and progress of your case. I will advise you. Each step of the way you will face choices. I will explain the potential consequences of each choice.


     Ultimately, you will make the key decisions regarding the direction of your case. I will work hard to achieve your goals. So if you or a loved one is facing legal difficulties, call or email today. I am located in Cleveland. Your consultation is free.  

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There is a BIG change coming to Ohio expungment law. Starting on October 29th of this year, individuals with numerous non-violent non-sex offense convictions--up to five felonies, and an unlimited number of misdemeanors--will have the opportunity to ask the court(s) to expunge those records.


The Ohio Supreme Court has recently decided the current statutory framework does not permit the courts to seal the records of certain pardoned offenders. Please join me in letting our legisature know that a pardon should not be a worthless piece of paper. 

Ohio has expanded eligibility for sealing of criminal records. New expungement / record sealing eligibility rules mean persons previously ineligible to have their record sealed may now be eligible. Offenders with multiple convictions may now be eligible. 

Sealing the Record

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judges Embrace Drug Court as Viable Option for Helping Offenders. Read more about it at

Persons disabled from certain types of employment and work licensing due to criminal convictions can now obtain relief from those disabilities through a Certificate of Qualification for Employment.  

Get Back to Work with a CQE

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