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Franklin County Court House
345 South High Street, 1st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 525-3650
Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

About the Criminal Division


Criminal - Frequently Asked Questions


How do I find out at what institution an inmate is being held?
Check the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) website. The site lists the inmate by name, the county in which the inmate was sentenced, the charge and in most cases will show a picture of the inmate. You can also contact ODRC at (614) 752-1076 for information.
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How do I find out if my relative is currently in jail?
You can call (614) 525-3650 for that information.
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How does someone find out if a person has a prior felony conviction?
Our office provides a research area with microfiche cards, PCs, copiers and printers. Come to the Records Room at 345 S. High Street, 1st Floor. One of our deputy clerks will be happy to assist you.
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Can I come to the Clerk's office and pick up my bond money as soon as my case is over?
No, we must wait until we have the final approval from the court. Bond money is refunded by mail approximately three to five business days after processing the necessary documents. At the request of the person under whose name the bond is registered, we can put the money on hold for pick up. Please bring two forms of ID, one with a picture.
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How do I apply to have my record expunged?
Anyone applying to have his/her record sealed pro se (without legal assistance) should become familiar with the Ohio Revised Code statute (2953.32) that pertains to the sealing of records. Read the eligibility guidelines (2953.36) and the first offender qualifications (2953.31) carefully. The basics are covered in this form, but you must make certain to read the O.R.C. statutes carefully. You can find the applications for Sealing of Records on our Criminal Forms page. If you are applying for Sealing Case with Conviction, there is a $50 fee.

For reentry participants, the following link to Ohio Legal Services connects to resources including expungement templates, information and forms as well as links to access additional resources. Their site is not intended as legal advice. http://www.ohiolegalservices.org/public/legal_problem/reentry/expungement-eligibility-template/qandact_view

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