If you’re like many people in Chicago, you’re wondering how to expunge a criminal record. Unfortunately, it may not be as easy as you think.
How to Expunge a Criminal Record
Many people choose to work with a criminal record clearing attorney who serves Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, because expunging a criminal record can be a long, difficult process.
The first thing you need to do if you would like to expunge a criminal record is to determine whether you are eligible. Although many records are eligible for expungement and sealing, many are not – and often, convictions can preclude you from applying for expungement.
Between you and your attorney, you will need to obtain your entire criminal background report. It’s important to know that if you have ever been arrested, you have a record.
If the court in your county requires a hearing, your lawyer can represent you there. Simply applying for expungement does not guarantee that it will happen. In fact, the state’s attorney may object to your petition. If he or she does so, you are entitled to a hearing before a judge. Again, your lawyer can represent you in court to argue your case.
In some cases, an expungement petition takes a significant amount of time to make its way through the court system.
Because not everyone is eligible for expungement, many people choose to have their records sealed instead.
Criminal Record Sealing
Unlike expungement, sealing a criminal record does not make it disappear. However, it does prevent many people from being able to view it.
Because landlords, employers and a number of other people are typically able to see arrest records because they are public record, it may be a good idea to try to expunge or seal yours.
Talk to a Chicago Expungement Lawyer to Find Out How to Expunge Your Criminal Record Today
Call us at 847-920-4540 or get in touch with us online to find out how we can help you expunge or seal your criminal record and get the fresh start you deserve.