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Monday, July 17, 2017

How to Get Your Record Expunged in Chicago, Skokie, or Rolling Meadows


When you’re denied employment, financing, or even a place to live because you have a criminal record, you know how tough it can be—but you may be eligible to have your criminal record expunged.

How to Get Your Record Expunged in Chicago, Skokie, or Rolling Meadows

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Monday, July 3, 2017

What is the Criminal Record Expungement Process Like?


For many people, the process of expunging or sealing a criminal record is a complicated one—but it doesn’t have to be. Working with a Chicago expungement lawyer from the moment you decide to clear your criminal record can make things simpler (and save you time).

What is the Criminal Record Expungement Process Like?

Before you can petition the court to clear your criminal record, you’ll need a complete copy of that record. You can Read more . . .


Monday, June 19, 2017

How to Expunge an Arrest Record


If you’re like many people in Illinois who have a RAP sheet, you’ve wondered how to expunge an arrest record.

Fortunately, many people who have arrest records are eligible to expunge them—it’s just a matter of knowing what to do, which forms to file, and where to file the petition. For that reason, most people choose to work with an Illinois expungement lawyer who understands the law and how it applies in different cases.

How to Expunge an Arrest Record in Chicago

Expungement isn’t a simple process, but many people choose to have an attorney walk them through it to ensure they get the best possible outcome.
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Monday, June 5, 2017

What is the ICIA?


The Illinois Criminal Identification Act, or ICIA, allows some people to expunge or seal their criminal records in the state of Illinois.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

What Are the Differences Between Expungement and Sealing?


If you’re ready for a fresh start and you need to leave your criminal record behind, you have two options: Expungement or sealing.

The two are similar, but they’re not the same thing—and you could be eligible for one and not the other. (Find out if you’re eligible for criminal record expungement in Illinois now!)

What Are the Differences Between Expungement and Sealing?

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Types of Criminal Records in Illinois


When you’re petitioning the court to have your criminal record expunged in Cook County or elsewhere, you’ll need a copy of your full criminal record. In some cases, your Chicago expungement lawyer can get that information for you—but there are different types of criminal records, so here’s what you need to know.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Veterans and Criminal Record Expungement in Chicago


If you’re an honorably discharged veteran of any branch of the United States Armed Forces, you may be eligible to petition for a certificate of eligibility for expungement—even if you’ve been convicted of a Class 3 or Class 4 felony.

Not all veterans are eligible, and not all Class 3 and Class 4 felonies apply. However, if you may be eligible, it could be worth talking to a Chicago expungement lawyer about the circumstances of your case.

Veterans Eligible for Criminal Record Expungement in Chicago

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Chicago Expungement: An Overview


If you’re like most people with a criminal record, you know that it can hold you back from getting a place to live, obtaining credit, and even finding a place for you and your family to live.

It may not have to be that way, though.

You could be eligible for criminal record expungement—and that can give you the fresh start you deserve.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

How to Find Your Cook County Arrest Record


If you live in Chicago and you’re ready to have your criminal record expunged so you can get the fresh start you deserve, you’re most likely going to need your Cook County arrest record.

But what is your arrest record, and where do you get it?

What is a Cook County Arrest Record?

In Cook County, your arrest record is known as your “RAP” sheet. (It’s your “Record of Arrests and Prosecutions.”)

It contains all the information the county has compiled on your arrests and prosecutions, and it’s a necessary document if you want to expunge your criminal record.
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Clearing Your Criminal Record is More Important Now Than Ever


With deportation forces sweeping across the country, searching for people who have committed minor crimes, now may be the best time to begin the process of clearing your criminal record.

Deportation and Minor Crimes

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been performing major “roundup” operations, detaining hundreds of people with felony, misdemeanor, and even no criminal convictions.

“Before, we used to be told, ‘You can’t arrest those people,’ and we’d be disciplined for being insubordinate if we did,”


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Can I Expunge a Misdemeanor in Chicago?


If you’re like many people with criminal records, you’d like a fresh start through expungement — and you certainly deserve one. But where would you even begin, and are your records eligible in the first place?

Can I Expunge a Misdemeanor in Chicago?

Many misdemeanor charges can be expunged in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois. In fact,


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