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Friday, June 28, 2013

House Bill 3061 – The New Sealing Law: XpungeChicago.com Blog

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

Mistakes of the Past: XpungeChicago.com Blog

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

XpungeChicago – Serving Cook, DuPage, and Lake Counties: XpungeChicago.com Blog

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

Juvenile Expungements: A Tragic Story

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

The Importance of Expunging Your Juvenile Record: XpungeChicago.com Blog

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.

 

 

 


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Client Testimonials – XpungeChicago.com

Are you looking for a Chicago Expungement Attorney to clear your criminal record? Look no further than XpungeChicago – A Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury.

Matt Fakhoury is former expungement prosecutor in Chicago, Cook County Illinois who handled hundreds of expungement and sealing cases as an assistant states’ attorney.

Now as a criminal defense lawyer, Matt Fakhoury can Xpunge Your Past and Xpand Your Future. Pleas review the client testimonials page on our website: XpungeChicago.com to hear the success stories of people just like you.

For a Chicago, Skokie, and Rolling Meadows Expungement Lawyer – Call Matt Fakhoury – 847-920-4540.

 


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Expunge Your DUI Arrest!!! – XpungeChicago.com Blog

If your DUI case was dismissed or resulted in an acquittal at trial, you are eligible for an expungement. Having a DUI arrest in your criminal background carries severe consequences. Once you have been arrested for driving under the influence, a record of this incident is filed with the Illinois State Police’s database and remains on record, even if charges were dismissed or you were acquitted. In essence, this means that potential employers and landlords will have access to your arrest record, which will affect your chances of securing employment, housing, or educational opportunities.

If your DUI case was dismissed or you were found not guilty at trial, Xpunge Chicago can begin your expungement petition today. Xpunge Chicago, a division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, will guide you through the expungement process and ensure that all case records are destroyed and removed from your criminal record.

For assistance with the expungement process, call Xpunge Chicago for a free case review and confidential consultation. Attorney Matt Fakhoury, a former expungement prosecutor, will prepare your petition quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly. Call Xpunge Chicago today!

 


Monday, April 1, 2013

Criminal Record Clearing: XpungeChicago.com Blog

Most people assume that arrests that resulted in a dismissal or acquittal are automatically expunged after a certain period of time. Unfortunately, however, this is incorrect. In order to have your criminal record expunged, you must file a petition and follow the court protocol to finalize the expungement.

After your records are sealed or expunged, you may truthfully tell potential employers and landlords that you were never arrested or charged with a crime. An expungement restores you to your civil status prior to your arrest.

If you would like to begin the expungement or sealing process, call Xpunge Chicago today for a free case review. Expungement attorney Matt Fakhoury will handle your petition from start to finish, thereby enabling you to expunge your past and expand your future! 847-920-4540 or XpungeChicago.com

 

 


Monday, April 1, 2013

Prosecutors, judges ignore federal ruling against state concealed carry ban

Despite a federal ruling that Illinois' concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, police, prosecutors and judges alike say they are disregarding the finding and continuing to enforce the law — at least for now.

Police say they continue to arrest those who violate the state's ban on carrying a gun in public, and prosecutors continue to charge them. Backing up the authorities — but perhaps creating more confusion — a state court ruled last week that the federal decision is not binding on Illinois courts and upheld the nation's last concealed carry ban as constitutional.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Simple Battery can be a Simple Expungement - XpungeChicago.com Blog

Is a battery conviction preventing you from moving on with your life?  Most people assume that a misdemeanor battery conviction cannot be expunged, but this is inaccurate.  A misdemeanor battery conviction can be expunged.
When you apply for a job or housing, a basic background check will reveal your battery conviction.  An employer or landlord may be hesitant to move forward because of the nature of your criminal background.

When your record is expunged, the case is erased from your criminal record.  The police agency that arrested you will destroy its records of your arrest, as will the States Attorney’s Office and the Illinois State police.  I tell my clients that an expungement acts as an eraser of your past: once the expungement is successfully completed, it is as if the arrest never occurred. 

In today's tough job market, a battery conviction could be the difference between getting that dream job and being passed over for someone without a criminal background.  Call Xpunge Chicago today for a free case review: (847) 920-4540


 

 


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Expedite Your Expungement: It is Now Faster to Expunge Your Past and Expand Your Future!

Worried that your criminal record may stand in the way of that great new job?  What about apartment screening applications?  In the past, my clients often wondered if they could expedite their Chicago expungement petitions.  Unfortunately, because of the backlog in Cook County, expediting an expungement petition was nearly impossible.  The expected time frame for a court order clearing your criminal record was anywhere from 3 to 6 months

I am now thrilled to say that the waiting time has become considerably shorter.  Once we file your petition, the court clerk sets a hearing date within 60 days. This is excellent news compared to the protocol of the past; Prior to this new rule, once the 60 days were up, your petition would have remained in a state of uncertainty for months while awaiting a judge’s authorization.

This new standard provides that the State and Chicago police still have 60 days to object to your petition.  However, your hearing date is granted within those first 60 days.  In the past, you had to wait for a scheduled hearing date following the State’s objection.

At Xpunge Chicago, we will handle your expungement proceedings from start to finish.  If an objection is made, we will vigorously defend you at your hearing.  Call today for a free case review – (847) 920-4540


 


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