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Can you be pardoned as a sex offender in Ohio?

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I know someone that downloaded pornography and in it happened to be child pornography. He was sentenced to registering for 25 years as a sex offender. He is going to finish up probation, and he hasn't gotten into any further trouble. This was his first offense and first time in trouble with the law.

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Your question asks can you be pardoned as a sex offender; the technical answer is "Yes." But given the fact that pardons are incredibly difficult, rare, and expensive, it is highly unlikely that a Governor or President would issue a pardon for that type of crime. I would guesstimate that you would spend $50,000 in an attempt to secure a pardon with absolutely no guarantees of ever winning it. For those reasons, I will suggest that unless your friend is extremely rich or politically connected with the elite of our government, a pardon is unlikely for him.

I hope this answers your question.

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The Governor can issue a pardon, but it's highly unlikely.


The official answer is yes however the more realistic answer is probably not. I would give it less than 1 % chance until many years after the offense and his probation are completed. There are only a few attorneys that I would classify as competent to handle a pardon and it would be costly. I doubt it would cost as high as what has been quoted here but it would be in the thousands of dollars with no guaranteed outcome.

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In Ohio at this time a state offense related to the possession or distribution of child pornography is considered a crime of violence and is not eligible for sealing of the record. It is extremely unlikely that the governor would look beyond that and pardon the gentleman. I do not think it would be a politically acceptable move so I would be weiry of spending a lot to try. Technically, it is possible but I would not be at all confident.

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