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Monday, August 14, 2017

Can You Really Remove Your Criminal Record?


Having a criminal record can hold you back from getting a good job, obtaining credit, or even finding a place to live for your family. If you’re like most people with a few mistakes in the past, you’d do anything to get a fresh start so people could recognize you for who you are today… not who you were when you made those mistakes.

But can you really remove a criminal record from the books? And if you can, how do you go about doing it?

Can You Really Remove a Criminal Record?

Some people are eligible to expunge an arrest record and erase some crimes from their RAP sheets; others are only able to seal criminal records so the public can’t view them.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Interviewing Expungement Lawyers? Here's What to Ask


If you’re thinking about clearing your criminal record so you can have a fresh start, you’ve probably come across a handful of expungement lawyers during your research—but how do you know which one to choose, which one will give you the most responsive service (which you’ll be grateful for when you have questions during the expungement process), and which one will get you the best possible outcome?

It’s easier than it seems. You call a few expungement lawyers and you start asking questions.
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Expunge Your Arrest Record: What You Need to Know


If you’ve been turned down for employment, a place to live, or even a loan, your arrest record may be to blame—but the good news is that you may be eligible for arrest record expungement.

How to Expunge Your Arrest Record

Many people choose to work with a Chicago expungement attorney when they’re in a situation similar to yours. Read more . . .


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

For many people, it makes sense to work with a Chicago expungement attorney who can Read more . . .


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

You can find an exhaustive list of Class 3 and Class 4 felonies Read more . . .


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.
Read more . . .


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