How do you prove your civil rights have been restored?

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How do you prove your civil rights have been restored?

I served less than 1 year and was released in 1995. I was released without being on parole or probation.  Also, does every case have a court disposition? I have been asked to provide certified copies of such, and have no knowledge of if my case had one, and if so how to obtain such disposition from so long ago.

Asked on November 8, 2010 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The conviction was for a felony, correct? First, every case has what is known as a "disposition."  It is what it says that it is: an official printout that is stamped by the court (you will need to pay a fee for it) that states the final outcome of the case.  Yours would be in your court file.  Since it is an older case the file may be in storage and may take some time to obtain.  If the court has put old filed on to computer or microfilm then it may be easier to get an official printout. Who has asked you to provide same?  Generally, you must apply for a restoration of your civil rights.  In some states the application must be made to something kown as a Board of Clemency, which is made up of the Governor and others.  Check with a criminal attorney in your area on how to proceed.  Good luck.  


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