There are many legal services in Ohio that help people with little or no income. There are pro bono attorneys, organizations where lawyers volunteer their time and services, and legal student services that you could use for a discounted rate or free...
Offender Reentry Into The Workforce
Reentering the workforce for an offender can be difficult. The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) offers a couple clinics every year to help individuals learn about getting a criminal record sealed.
Under Ohio law, expungement is called sealing a record. This is a court process that allows individuals with a criminal history to have convictions cleared from public records and placed into a sealed court file. Having convictions cleared from public records can help individuals looking for jobs, licenses, and apartments. Sealed court files can still be viewed by law enforcement and prosecutors. A sealed court file can also be used against an individual in court cases being sentenced and convicted of committing a crime. However, a sealed court file cannot be used against an individual appearing as a witness in court testifying on another person’s behalf.
There are convictions that cannot be sealed in a court file. Crimes such as motor vehicle violations, driver’s license violations, sexual battery and rape cannot be approved for a sealed court file. Pending violations and other situations can cause a judge to refuse to seal a record. The Ohio Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition provides more information about convictions and situations that cannot be approved for a sealed court file.
Legal Aid Society of Columbus Resources
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) provides civil legal services and resources for central Ohio residents in Franklin, Madison, Morrow, Marion, Union and Delaware county. You can apply for help from the LASC by filling out this application.
The LASC provides additional forms for the small claims courts in the counties it serves. Small claims courts handle disputes recovering smaller amounts in loss money lawsuits. Most of the time lawyers are not involved in small claims courts. You can read more about small claims court by clicking here. You can also access required forms for the small claims courts in every central Ohio county by clicking the links below.
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus also provides documents regarding foreclosure lawsuits and court information. There are free directions on how to respond to a foreclosure complaint and sample documents for requesting mediation, motion for extension of time, and a common pleas answer. You can access foreclosure documents by clicking here.