Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog
Monday, December 9, 2013
As 2013 comes to an end, it is only fitting that we look ahead to 2014. For many of us, a new job, a new home, or going back to school, is the change needed to open up a world of opportunity.
Unfortunately, a criminal record can prevent you from obtaining the great start you were planning for in 2014. XpungeChicago - A Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, can help expunge your criminal past and expand your future for 2014, and beyond.
Criminal defense attorney, Matt Fakhoury, focuses his practice primarily in expungement and sealing law. While a prior arrest may have affected your past, no longer should you allow it to hinder your future. Call XpungeChicago today! 847-920-4540
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Most people believe that offenses such as driving without a valid license (625 ILCS 5/6-101) or driving on a suspended license (625 ILCS 5/6-303) are simple traffic violations that will not appear on a criminal background check. Unfortunately, however, the opposite is true: most traffic-related offenses are actually misdemeanors and far more serious than most presume.
Misdemeanor traffic citations are easily accessible to potential employers. If a job requires you to drive a vehicle as part of your employment, prior misdemeanor traffic offenses can prevent you from being hired. XpungeChicago, a division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, can expunge or seal traffic-related misdemeanors from your criminal record. Visit us at XpungeChicago.com for a free consultation and confidential case review. 847-920-4540
Friday, August 30, 2013
This week, I have both good news and bad news for Chicagoland jobseekers. The good news is that unemployment is on the decline. Job positions are available and companies are expanding. In short, good employees are needed in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs!
The bad news, however, is that companies looking to hire are toughening their standards. Most companies won’t even consider those with a criminal background of any sort. If you have been arrested, even if that arrest did NOT result in a conviction, you still have a criminal record. This will make it nearly impossible for you to be considered for employment purposes.
Expunging your criminal record means that your prior arrest (and certain convictions) can be destroyed. Upon the granting of your expungement petition, employers, landlords, friends, even the police, will no longer have access to this criminal record. For all intents and purposes, the expungement requires police agencies to destroy the records related to your case.
If you have an arrest or conviction expunged, you are no longer considered a person with a criminal record. For example, you can honestly tell potential employers that you have a clean criminal record.
To find out if you are eligible for an expungement or sealing, call XpungeChicago today for a free and confidential case review. (847) 920-4540
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
For months, I have been telling my clients about HB 3061, now widely known as “the Illinois sealing bill”. In essence, HB 3061 expands the pool of offenses eligible for sealing. Just last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 3061, which immediately went into effect. Under this new law, several non-violent felonies have been added to the list of offenses for which records may sealed. The offenses include retail theft, forgery, possession of burglary tools and possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.
If your criminal background is hindering your job prospects and life opportunities, call Xpunge Chicago today for a free case review. Illinois’ new sealing law may enable your chances of getting back on your feet and contributing to your community.
With the passage of this new law, one offense will no longer become a life-long barrier. Call Xpunge Chicago today! (847) 920-4540. XpungeChicago.com
Monday, July 29, 2013
My clients are often deterred by how long the expungement/sealing process may take in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Often, I get calls when a person has been offered a job position pending a background check. Typically, the person on the other line hopes I can clear his or her record in a matter of weeks, if not days, due to the pre-employment screening. Please do not be one of these unfortunate few -- act now to expunge your past and expand your future! While the process may initially seem daunting (I tell clients the process may take anywhere between three and six months), acting sooner, rather than later, will absolutely benefit you.
There are several reasons to petition for an expungement or sealing. As stated above, expunging or sealing your record eliminates the potential for denial of employment. Employers often perform a criminal background check on job candidates. Especially in today’s struggling job market, employers may reject a candidate with a criminal background of any sort (yes, even if your case was dismissed). My clients are often qualified applicants who come to me shortly after rejection from an employer based on a background check.
Having a criminal background may also impact your ability to secure housing. Eliminate the uncomfortable need to explain yourself to a potential landlord who has viewed your application for tenancy. Most renters ask prospective tenants to submit to both a credit and criminal background check prior to making housing available. Typically, the prospective tenant is required to explain any criminal charges, and the landlord reserves the right not to rent to a tenant based on the results of a background check.
Also, but not often considered, is the fact that a conviction that would otherwise be eligible for expungement may no longer be expunged if the person is later convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. In this vein, it is also important to prevent a prosecutor from viewing your criminal history when considering bail or charging issues. Should you be charged with a criminal offense after prior offenses have been expunged, the expunged offenses will not be accessible. For a free and confidential case review, call Xpunge Chicago today -- (847) 920-4540
Thursday, July 11, 2013
This July has welcomed some exceptional news -- the expansion of sealing laws in Illinois! Bill HB3061, formerly HB5723, will soon go into effect and has expanded the eligibility for the sealing of criminal records.
This new law enables those with criminal records to petition the Prisoner Review Board to seal all Class 3 and 4 felony convictions, with the exception of violent, sex, or DUI crimes. Prior to this new legislation, only Class 4 drug crimes and prostitution convictions were eligible for sealing. Bill HB3061 will expand the pool of those eligible to seal their criminal records from the public, thereby enabling better access to jobs, housing, and education.
To determine your eligibility under this new legislation, call the Xpunge Chicago today for a free case review. Calls are confidential and we will handle your case from start to finish. Do not allow your past to haunt your future -- expunge your past and expand your future! 847-920-4540 or XpungeChicago.com
Friday, June 28, 2013
On June 19, 2013 House Bill 3061 was sent to Governor Pat Quinn to sing into law. HB 3061, if signed by Gov. Quinn, will allow the sealing of criminal records for non-violent class 4, 3, and 2 Felonies enumerated under the new law.
Prior to HB 3061, the previous Sealing statue only allowed the sealing of two types of felonies. 1. Class 4 Felony drug possession and
2. Class 4 Felony prostitution.
The expansion of the expungement and sealing law will allow thousands of Chicago-land residents the opportunity for better employment. It will prevent potential employers from viewing drug, theft, and other offenses on your record thus increasing your chances of gainful employment.
For more information about House Bill 3061 please contact XpungeChicago – A Division of the Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury.
847-920-4540 or XpungeChicago.com
Monday, June 17, 2013
All too often, people are affected by arrests of their past. Perhaps you made a mistake in your youth, or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nevertheless, a mistake of the past should not affect your future -- herein lies the important of an expungement or sealing.
My clients are often unaware that arrests that resulted in a dismissal, supervision, or acquittal remain on record and can still be accessed by police agencies and the general public. Most people are not aware that a criminal record can be expunged or sealed under Illinois law. Those with qualifying arrests, court supervision sentences, and even certain convictions may file a petition with the court to expunge or seal records.
Certain convictions are not eligible for an expungement or sealing. However, new legislation in Illinois will expand the eligibility of those eligible for a sealing. At Xpunge Chicago, our ultimate goal is to expunge your past and expand your future. Former prosecutor Matt Fakhoury will handle your petition from start to finish and vigorously defend you should the state object to the granting of your expungement or sealing. Please call Xpunge Chicago today for a free case review -- 847-920-4540.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Clients often ask if we can assist them in clearing their records from out of county courts such as DuPage or Lake. The answer is YES!
Unfortunately, to clear every arrest on your record, a separate expungement needs to be filed in each county in which the arrest originated. For example, if you have an arrest in Chicago and also an arrest in Roselle, a petition to expunge would be necessary in both Cook and DuPage County, respectively, in order to clear your criminal record.
At the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, we often file multiple expungements concurrently in multiple counties to clear your criminal record as fast as possible. There is no need to hire an attorney from Cook and a different attorney from DuPage or Lake Counties to clear your record. Doing so would only add confusion and extra expense.
XpungeChicago is a Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury that is a one stop shop for all of your expungement needs. With offices in Skokie and Schaumburg, we serve Cook, Lake, and DuPage County to clear your criminal record.
Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future – Call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a free consultation. 847-920-4540
Sunday, May 12, 2013
My clients are often surprised at the long-term consequences of their juvenile arrests. Unfortunately, it is often difficult for an adult to avoid the repercussions of mistakes made as a youth -- this is the importance of expunging your juvenile record.
Recently, a client walked into my office in utter despair. She went to school to become a pharmacy technician. By the time she was 21, she completed her technician program and applied to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Now she was just waiting for that envelope! When the envelope arrived in the mail, she was so excited. Before she even opened it, she thought, “Okay, I can finally start my career!” Turns out, it wasn’t a letter of certification; Instead, it was a letter stating that she was prohibited from practice.
The letter provided a date when my client was in high school and had been charged with battery. Apparently, she had been involved in a school brawl and was arrested. Although the incident occurred several years ago, the arrest remained on her record.
This seemingly minor incident came back to haunt my client. When applying to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional regulation, she had to have fingerprints taken for a criminal background check. My client was subsequently prohibited from beginning her career as a pharmacy technician.
Do not allow your juvenile arrest record to haunt you. Though it may seem daunting, my firm handles juvenile expungements daily. We will handle your expungement petition from start to finish and ensure that your mistakes as a youth do not have a negative impact on your future. Call XpungeChicago today for a free case review: (847) 920-4540.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Were you arrested as a juvenile? If so, did you know that your juvenile record can be used against you, even after you reach adulthood? Whenever a juvenile is arrested, records are kept by both Illinois courts and law enforcement agencies.
It is a widely held misconception that a juvenile record is automatically expunged once an individual turns 18. Sadly, however, this is incorrect. You must petition the court to have your juvenile record expunged or sealed. You will have a juvenile record even if your case was dismissed or resulted in an acquittal.
Despite what you may think, a juvenile record can PREVENT you from getting a job, furthering your education, joining the military, or becoming a US citizen. Your juvenile record is not always private. When you authorize a background check, your juvenile arrest will appear, even after your 18th birthday.
If you were arrested as a juvenile, call XpungeChicago today. Expunging your juvenile record will ensure that what you did as a youth will not adversely affect the rest of your life. Call today for a free case review: (847) 920-4540.