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Monday, November 21, 2016

Misdemeanor Expungement in Illinois


Expunging a misdemeanor in Illinois may not be as difficult as it seems—but in order to qualify for expungement, you’ll need to meet certain criteria.

Why Expunge a Misdemeanor in Illinois?

Many people choose to Read more . . .


Monday, November 7, 2016

Criminal Background Expungement


Criminal background expungement, which is commonly just called “expungement,” can make a huge difference in your life. It’s not just about having a clear criminal background (if you’re not sure what appears on your criminal record, it’s a good idea to work with a Read more . . .


Monday, October 24, 2016

Do I Have a Criminal Record in Chicago, Rolling Meadows, or Skokie?


Do I have a criminal record?

If you’re like many people in Chicago and the surrounding communities, you’ve asked yourself that question—especially if you’re applying for a new job, looking for a place to live, or trying to secure credit.

Have You Asked, “Do I Have a Criminal Record”?

Many people are surprised to learn that they do, in fact, have criminal records. You don’t have to be charged with and convicted of a crime in order to have a blemished record.
Read more . . .


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Let's Talk About Criminal Record Sealing in Chicago


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

That means you could have a tough time getting a job, finding a place to live, or even obtaining a loan.

Fortunately, you may be eligible for criminal record sealing under Illinois law.

What is Criminal Record Sealing?

For some people—particularly those who don’t


Read more . . .


Monday, September 26, 2016

Expungement of Adult Criminal Records in Chicago and the Suburbs


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.

Aren’t they?

Not necessarily.

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

What Offenses Can Be Expunged in Chicago?


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

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.
Read more . . .


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.
Read more . . .


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.
Read more . . .


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 . . .


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