Record Sealing and CQE Clinics

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1 in 3 Ohioans have a criminal record of some kind.

1 in 11 have a felony conviction. 

Having a criminal record can create challenges for employment. Nevertheless, returning citizens have options to get a fair chance in employment in Ohio. Read on to see if one is right for you and/or the people you care for.

Expungement: This method deletes ones criminal record but it is not available to most citizens in Ohio. Survivors of human trafficking may be eligible.

Record Sealing: Often used interchangeably with expungement, sealing hides ones records from public view, though state licensing boards and some employers can still see records.

Certificate of Qualification for Employment: CQEs are available for more people than the other options and can open doors to access jobs and licenses that are typically unavailable for those with a criminal record. A CQE protects employers creating more opportunities for returning citizens to find jobs and continue their education. CQEs aim to reduce job barriers and erase employer fear. Note: CQEs are only available for state crimes, not federal.

Coming November 2022: Legal Help Clinics

Meet with volunteer lawyers from the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project and other county organizations for FREE upcoming clinics.

Record Sealing & Certificate for Qualified Employment Clinic

Talk with a lawyer to see if record sealing is the right option for you. Learn more about the certificate of qualified employment and receive on the spot CQE application support.

Date: November 5
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Clark County Public Library, 201 S. Fountain Ave., 45506

To meet with a lawyer at this clinic, please complete the following registration by clicking on the button below. Registration ends Oct. 23, 2022.

Walk-ins are welcome, but assistance is not guaranteed. On-site filing with Clerk of Courts Melissa M. Tuttle will also be available. For more information, email bwagner@clarkcountyohio.gov.undefined Opens in new windowReentry logo banner-1 (4)