If you’re interested in expungement in Chicago, you need to know what it takes to clear your criminal record and what you can do about records that can’t be expunged.
Expungement in Chicago: What You Need to Know
In Chicago, as well as elsewhere in the state of Illinois, expungement is a legal process that essentially erases your criminal record.
What Records Qualify for Expungement in Chicago?
Once you’re arrested or charged with a crime, the Illinois legal system has a record with your name on it. Even if you’re let go without being charged, or if the state drops your charges, you’ll still have a record.
In many cases, you can have those arrests and charges removed from your record. In some cases, you can also have convictions removed from your record.
You can find out if you’re eligible for expungement in Chicago here.
How Do You Apply for Expungement in Chicago?
Expungement in Chicago is the same as expungement in the rest of the state. First, you’ll need to obtain your full criminal record (if you can’t, your lawyer may be able to do it for you).
Your attorney can file the appropriate paperwork with the Illinois court system. From there, he’ll find out whether the state’s attorney objects to the expungement of your criminal record.
If the state’s attorney does object, you’ll most likely have a chance to explain your case in front of a judge. Your attorney can represent you at that type of hearing, and many people feel that it’s beneficial to work with a lawyer who understands the way expungement works in Illinois.
What if Your Record Can't Be Expunged?
If you have things on your record that make you ineligible for expungement, you could still qualify for sealing. It's usually a good idea to talk to your attorney about your record so he can give you case-specific legal guidance.
Do You Need a Fresh Start?
If you’re thinking about applying for expungement in Chicago or any of the surrounding suburbs, we may be able to help you.
Call us at 847-920-4540 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to evaluate your case and help you determine your next course of action.