How long does a criminal defense stay on your record?
I live in Ohio and I was charged with petty theft just a few months ago (I'm 18). It was the only crime I was ever charged with since. I didn't have to pay a fine or serve jail time. The judge simply "dropped" the case. I know it's now on my record and I wanted to know is there any chance I can get it expunged even though the crime happened a few months ago? Or if I choose not to get it expunged does the charge simply "disappear" from my record? I understand it was a dumb mistake and I'm looking to move forward with my life without this hunting me.
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