Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog
Monday, April 1, 2013
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
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
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
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
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A Chicago man found with a loaded gun in his car says felony weapons charges against him should be dropped because of a court ruling that tossed out Illinois' concealed carry ban.
Deafalla Haddad was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was pulled over for speeding in November in Schiller Park and informed the officer he was carrying a loaded gun in a waistband holster.
His attorney, Matt Fakhoury, said the case should be dismissed because the law Haddad broke was found to be unconstitutional and because his actions would be legal in any other state.
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Sunday, March 10, 2013
I am often asked the following, “I was arrested and my case was dismissed. Is my record automatically cleared?” OR “I went to trial and was found Not Guilty. Is my record automatically cleared?” The answer to both questions is a resounding NO. Even if your case was dismissed, or you were found Not Guilty at trial, your arrest will remain on your record until you petition to have it cleared.
A criminal arrest will have a damaging impact on your future. Every arrest is part of the public record. You must be proactive in clearing your criminal record, even in cases where charges were dismissed or you were found Not Guilty. An arrest will always be a part of your criminal record and accessible by anyone including future employers, landlords, family, and friends. You must act now to protect and enhance your future.
If you need an Expungement Attorney with a proven track record, call Attorney Matt Fakhoury with Xpunge Chicago. It is vital that you clear your criminal record to enhance your future. Calls are answered 24 hours a day.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Most people are under the impression that juvenile records are automatically expunged upon reaching adulthood, but this is not the case. While juvenile records are generally kept confidential, information about your juvenile record can be obtained by potential employers, landlords, and educational institutions.
To prevent your juvenile record from sabotaging your future, call XpungeChicago, A Division of the Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury, and begin the expungement process.
Call us at 847-920-4540 or visit us at XpungeChicago.com to schedule a case review.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The process of getting a case expunged or sealed is not at lengthy as most people think. The amount of time it takes to clear a criminal record depends on the jurisdiction in which the case occurred as well as other factors.
Do you plan on leaving your current employer soon? Will you have to undergo a criminal background check at your new job? If so, there is no time to waste.
The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury can file your expungement within a week of speaking to you. We pride ourselves on efficient, affordable, and effective service for our clients. If you have a City of Chicago case that you want expunged or sealed, the entire process can take as little as two months with the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury.
Call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury now to Xpunge Your Past and Xpand Your Future! 847-920-4540 or XpungeChicago.com
Monday, February 4, 2013
Many clients contact our firm and the first thing they say is: “I made a stupid mistake when I was young that’s still affecting my life.”
The “stupid mistake” is usually in the form of a prior arrest that is inhibiting them from fulfilling their true potential. A criminal record can prevent you from obtaining the job of your dreams or entering the graduate program needed to propel your career to the next level.
Whether it’s an arrest that resulted from a bar fight in college, an argument with a girlfriend, or a retail theft from a department store, the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury may be able to clear your criminal record.
Matt Fakhoury, a Cook County expungement, sealing, and pardon attorney can Xpunge Your Past, and Xpand Your Future. 847-920-4540 or XpungeChicago.com
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Do you have cases in your criminal record that resulted in dismissals or acquittals? If so, you may be eligible for a partial sealing of your record even if you have other convictions in your background.
A Partial Sealing conceals of a portion of your criminal record for cases that did not result in a conviction. For example, a record with 3 felony arrests can be sealed if those cases were dismissed despite the presence of other criminal convictions on your record.
Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for more information. ILDefense.com or XpungeChicago.com
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Monday, January 21, 2013
Many people who are charged with a DUI simply want to get rid of the case as fast as possible. The idea of going back and forth to court fighting the case can be torturous. This often convinces people to plead guilty and cut a deal for supervision which is not considered a criminal conviction under the law. Illinois law does not allow for the clearing of a DUI even if the sentence is supervision.
The exception to the rule is that an arrest for a DUI CAN be expunged if the case resulted in a dismissal or a finding of not guilty. Thus an aggressive defense of the case is needed to clear you record permanently. Cutting a deal to plead guilty even for a sentence of supervision can have lifelong consequences that can affect your future.
Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury to not only fight your DUI case, but to Xpunge Your Past and Xpand Your Futre.