Removing Legal Barriers,
Restoring Possibilities

We provide free and low cost legal services to clear past criminal records and other legal issues for those in Cuyahoga and adjacent counties.

Upcoming Office Hours & Events

LegalWorks hosts weekly free legal help office hours, as well as events and clinics, at various locations throughout Cleveland. While walk-ins are welcome, appointments help us serve you faster.

How We Help

Seal your criminal record

Motions to Seal & Expungement

We may be able to work towards having your case sealed or removed from public record. Or, we may be able to lessen or remove any penalties.

Low-cost representation

Criminal Defense

We can provide defense in limited criminal matters including vacating pending traffic violations, managing misdemeanors, or dealing with probation or low-level felony warrants.

Get your license back

License Suspensions

We can help you get your license back in good standing and restore your driving privileges.

Remove arrest warrants

Arrest Warrants

We may be able to resolve outstanding warrants for misdemeanors, traffic offenses, probation violations, and other matters.

Child support help

Child Support Counseling

We may be able to help you reduce outstanding monthly obligations or arrears.


Governor's pardons

Apply For A Pardon

LegalWorks can educate and help citizens determine their eligibility for a pardon under the Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project

UPDATE: Expanded Eligibility For Felony Records

Effective April 12 2021, those with unlimited felonies of the 4th and 5th degree (primarily thefts and drug offenses) can apply to have them sealed after only one year. Many more people with felony convictions are now eligible to seal their records!
Seal your record


Ready to get help?

Attend a clinic, drop-in to our weekly office hours, or make an appointment.

Cleveland Public Library