Southeastern Ohio Legal Services

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services

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Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) gives free legal help to low income people. They assist with issues related to health benefits, housing, school, employment, utilities, family law problems, consumer problems, public benefits like SNAP and Medicare and other civil matters. Additionally, SEOLS helps people navigate the legal system in a variety of ways, such as legal information, advice, or representation. SEOLS’s Reentry Team gives advice and representation to people with reentry issues, including criminal record sealing/expungement, driver’s license reinstatement and certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs). CQEs are applications that people with previous felony or misdemeanor convictions make to the court to lift collateral sanctions that stop them from being considered for jobs in a particular field. The state of Ohio issues CQEs to people with criminal records who have voluntarily gone through a review process conducted by rehabilitation officials, a judge and the probation department. They are designed to assist people with criminal records in obtaining employment.
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