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Expungement in Ohio is basically the same as sealing a criminal record. It is a court process that allows you to have all reference to a prior criminal conviction cleared and your court file sealed. However, there are a few crimes where the record is not merely sealed, but actually shredded. This is true expungement. Not all crimes can be sealed.
Certificate of Qualification for Employment will allow persons living in the community who have a previous felony or misdemeanor conviction to apply to the court to lift the collateral sanction that bars them from being considered for employment in a particular field.
Clemency in Ohio is an act of mercy or leniency from certain consequences of a criminal conviction, and is exercised by the Governor after receipt of a recommendation from the Parole Board.
Certificate of Achievement and Employability is a certificate program administered by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction that will give employers relief from civil liability for hiring an offender who was trained for a particular job.
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Books at the Franklin County Law Library
Anderson's Ohio Criminal Practice and Procedure
Call Number: KFO 561 .A951
Chapter 43 is on expungement. Also available on Lexis on the Franklin County Law Library public computers and from our website if you a Central Ohio attorney with a Franklin County Law Library library card.
Locked in : The True Causes of Mass Incarceration by
Call Number: HV 9471 .P449
Publication Date: 2007
Ohio Domestic Violence Law by
Call Number: KFO 567 .F35 A295
Chapter 13:15 talks about whether domestic violence charges can be expunged.
Also available on Westlaw.
Ohio Driving Under the Influence Law by
Call Number: KFO 297.8 .P34
Chapter 16:30-32 explain that DUIs usually can't be expunged.
Ohio Handbook Series. Also on Westlaw in the Franklin County Law Library Computer Labs.
Ohio Juvenile Law by
Call Number: KFO 598 .K8
Sec. 55:4 deals with sealing of juvenile records.
Also available on Westlaw
Franklin County First Step
Help with re-entry from Franklin County Agencies on the first Friday of every month. Click for more info.