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Expungement, Record Sealing, Pardons

A research guide on expungement, record sealing, and pardons. Updated Sept., 2020 (AD).

Pardons: General

If your client does not qualify for expungement, his remaining option is a pardon from the governor. If the governor gives a full, unconditional pardon, the effect is to remove all the legal effects of the conviction.  But, to seal the record, your client needs to qualify for record sealing.

Pardons: Law and Forms

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2967 contains the laws regarding pardons.

The application form and instructions are on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's Clemency page.