Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog
Monday, September 26, 2016
For many people, a criminal background is detrimental—it can hold you back from getting your dream job, keep you from finding a place to live, or even prevent you from taking out a loan.
But adult criminal records are permanent.
Some—but not all—adult criminal records can be expunged.
Expungement of Adult Criminal Records in Chicago
If you’re in Read more . . .
Monday, September 12, 2016
When you have a criminal record, life can be tough. You might have a hard time finding a job, getting a loan, or even finding a place to live.
If you’re like most people in this situation, you’d love to get a fresh start—and you could be eligible for exactly that through Read more . . .
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Read more . . .