Record Sealing and CQE Clinics

Did you know?

1 in 3 Ohioans have a criminal record of some kind. February 2024 Legal Clinic Flyer

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: Under the new laws, a person may be eligible to have their criminal conviction sealed or expunged so long as the conviction is not for an offense that is prohibited from sealing and the applicant has waited the proper length of time. A non-conviction (dismissal, no bill, etc.) can continue to be sealed under these new laws.

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.

Legal Help Clinic

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.

Next Clinic Date: Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clark County Public Library, 201 South Fountain Ave., Springfield

We recommend all clients register before the clinic. Walk-ins are welcome, but assistance is not guaranteed. On-site filing with Municipal Clerk of Courts Sheila Henry will also be available. For more information, email

To register to meet with a lawyer at this clinic please complete the following registration by Feb. 16, 2024. 

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