Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

An Overview of Expungement and Sealing in Chicago


The process of clearing your criminal record in Chicago, either through expungement or sealing, can seem a bit overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a skilled criminal record expungement lawyer on your side, you’ll be able to rest assured that your case is in good hands.

Your criminal record expungement lawyer will file the appropriate petitions, and if the state’s attorney objects to your expungement or sealing, your attorney will be there to argue on your behalf.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Who Can See Your Criminal Record?


If you’ve ever been arrested, you have a criminal record.

If you’ve ever been charged with a crime, you have a criminal record.

If you’ve ever been convicted of a crime, served a sentence (whether it’s probation, supervision, fines, or time behind bars), you have a criminal record.

Unfortunately, that means tens of thousands of people in Chicago and the surrounding communities have criminal records.

And those criminal records are far from private.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

What if You Aren't Eligible for Expungement in Chicago?


If you’re like many people in Chicago, Skokie and Rolling Meadows, you’re not eligible for criminal record expungement.

However, you could be eligible for something very similar—and that offers essentially the same results.

What if You’re Not Eligible for Expungement in Chicago?

You’re only eligible for expungement in some cases (you can Read more . . .


Monday, August 1, 2016

How Long Should You Wait Before You Apply for Criminal Record Expungement in Chicago?


If you’re charged with a crime, you already know that it can stick with you for the rest of your life.

Unless, of course, you have it expunged from your criminal record.

But how soon can you do that after being charged with a crime?

When Can You Expunge Your Criminal Record?

You can expunge arrests and criminal charges, but you can’t even petition the court to do so until your case is complete. Your attorney is going to need your complete criminal record, and that includes a record of the final disposition (what the court ruled) before he can petition for an expungement. (The same is true for criminal record sealing, as well.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What to Do if Your Criminal Record Prevents You From Getting a Job


If you’re like many people, you have a criminal record—and it’s affected the way you live your life.

Even if your record contains incidents from years ago, long before you were a mature adult, it could prevent you from finding a place to live, getting a loan, or even getting a job.

So what should you do if your past criminal record prevents you from getting a job?

Employment and Your Criminal Record

While nobody is forcing you to tell potential employers that you have a criminal record, they could find out anyway.

In fact, many employers conduct Read more . . .


Monday, July 18, 2016

How Does the Expungement Process Work in Chicago?


The expungement process can be a little more complicated than it looks in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois.

While it’s simply a matter of paperwork in the beginning, it can be tough tracking down your criminal record (which you’ll need to do if you want to apply for expungement). Many people hire an Read more . . .


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Information You Need to Expunge Your Record in Chicago


If you’re like many people with a few smudges on your criminal record, you’re wondering whether an expungement can give you the fresh start you deserve… but where do you even begin to get your criminal record expunged?

What is Expungement?

A criminal record expungement allows you to get a fresh start. It means your criminal record essentially disappears; the agencies that keep a record on you destroy it. (Did you know there are three secrets most expungement lawyers won’t tell you?)

What You Need for Criminal Record Expungement in Chicago

You’ll need to collect a significant amount of information if you want your criminal record expunged.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

3 Secrets Most Chicago Expungement Lawyers Won't Tell You


If you’re like many people in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows or Schaumburg who have criminal records, you’ve probably wondered how different your life would be if you didn’t have something negative from your past holding you back.

But is criminal record expungement right for you? Do you even qualify for expungement, or should you attempt to have your criminal records sealed?

What Most Chicago Expungement Lawyers Won’t Tell You

Many people who have had their criminal records expunged go on to lead exceptionally successful lives—but unfortunately, not enough people know about record expungement or sealing; these people aren’t aware that they’re eligible for the fresh start they deserve.

Most Chicago expungement lawyers don’t tell people that:


Friday, July 8, 2016

Can a Criminal Record Stop You From Getting a Job in Chicago?


If you’re like many people with a criminal record—even if it’s a simple arrest record for something that happened years ago (or even when you were a juvenile)—you’re wondering if your record can stop you from getting a job.

The truth is that it can.

In fact, having a criminal record (even an incredibly simple one with just one thing on it) can stop you from getting a job, getting a loan to purchase a home or getting approval to live in an apartment, or affect you in countless other ways.

How Could a Criminal Record Stop You From Getting a Job?

Many employers in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg, as well as in the other suburbs, conduct criminal background checks on potential employees. Your consent to a background check may be required for an offer of employment, which means you have to give the potential employer permission to conduct a background check if you want to be considered for a job.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Could You Expunge Your Criminal Record in Skokie, IL?


If you’re like many people in Skokie, criminal record expungement has crossed your mind. The truth is that if you have been arrested in Skokie or in any of the surrounding communities, you have a criminal record. Even if your case was dismissed, there is a record that exists with your name on it—and in some cases, employers, landlords and others may be able to access it.

Skokie Criminal Record Expungement

The first step to clearing your criminal record in Skokie is to get your criminal background report, which is commonly referred to as your RAP sheet. You’ll need to get information for every case.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

"Can I Expunge My Record in Chicago?" (And Other Common Questions)


If you’ve ever been arrested, taken to jail or charged with a crime, you have a criminal record.

However, if you’re like many people, you don’t give it much thought until it gets in your way.

The harsh reality is that many people with criminal records—including people who don’t even get so much as a traffic ticket—have a tough time finding employment, getting a place to live, or even borrowing money because of mistakes they made in the past.

The good news? It may not have to be that way.

You could be Read more . . .


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