Statute

Ohio R.C. 2953.38

Survivors of trafficking in Ohio may petition to expunge a wide range of records following a conviction for a prostitution-related offense. If a survivor has been convicted of soliciting, loitering or prostitution, they can then apply to expunge the record of that and any other conviction as long as not for aggravated murder, murder, or rape. Survivors must demonstrate that the offense was committed as a result of being a victim of trafficking.

Unfortunately, a hearing is always required in Ohio. Prosecutors are permitted to raise objections before trial, but the court can grant relief in spite of these objections. Also, survivors must pay a filing fee of $50 unless they can show they cannot afford it.

If the court expunges a conviction, the criminal proceedings are considered not to have occurred. The record of the conviction shall not be used for any purpose, including, but not limited to, a criminal records check. Survivors who have had convictions expunged can answer that no record exists if asked.

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