Ottawa County holding expungement clinic

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October 4, 2022

Defender Office Holding Expungement Clinic

By Appointment | October 28 | 12-4pm | Holland

The Ottawa County Public Defender Office is hosting a second expungement clinic for those wishing to have a criminal conviction set aside. The first clinic in April helped 61 residents begin the process of expunging their criminal convictions.

"In Ottawa County, we understand that some residents have made mistakes in their pasts, have served their sentences, and are on roads to better lives. Criminal records can put obstacles in those paths for those residents and their families. We want to ease that burden so these residents can more easily find jobs, housing and other opportunities for better futures," said Patrick Kolehouse, Assistant Public Defender.

At the clinic you can:

  • Obtain conviction records 
  • Be fingerprinted
  • Complete the paperwork
  • Schedule a court date

Complete the registration form at to make an appointment. The registration form is also in Spanish and Spanish-speaking attorneys will be available.

Not all offenses are eligible to be expunged, so pre-registration paperwork is necessary. The criminal record will not be cleared at the the event; the expungement process can take several months. 

The Ottawa County Public Defender Office is also seeking attorney volunteers. Contact Patrick Kolehouse ( for more information.

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