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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Start Off the New Year Right – Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future - December 29, 2012

 

As 2012 comes to an end people are coming up with their New Year’s Resolutions.   Some resolutions include getting a new job, going back to school, or renting a new apartment.  While those resolutions are admirable, the fact of the matter is that an old arrest can prevent you from getting a new job, getting into school, or even living in the home of your dreams.  
 
Employers, universities, and land lords all conduct routine background checks.  With so many people looking for jobs in today’s economy, most employers will hire someone with no criminal record.  College applications ask if you’ve ever been charged or convicted of a crime and admissions counselors are more likely to admit students who have never been arrested.  Even land lords see potential renters with criminal records as a risk. 
 
While new employment, going back to school, and moving are worthy goals for the New Year, your most important resolution should be to clear your criminal record.  An expungement or sealing will allow you to achieve those goals and start the New Year off on the right foot. 
 
Make 2013 a great year – Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future.    
 

 


Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Process of Clearing Your Criminal Record – XpungeChicago.com Blog – December 16, 2012

 

Clearing your criminal record is not as simple as one may think.  There are several steps that must be taken to properly file an Expungement or Sealing.    
 
1. Rap Sheet:  If you are trying to expunge or seal a case that arose from a Chicago Police arrest, you must obtain a copy of your criminal arrest record.  You can order your rap sheet from Chicago Police headquarters located at 3510 S. Michigan.  A petition to expunge or seal a Chicago case will not be accepted by the Clerk of the Circuit Court if it is unaccompanied by the rap sheet.  If any other police department made the arrest, a rap sheet is not required to file the petition.
 
2. Documents:  Next, the appropriate documents need to be completed and signed.  Those documents include (1) The Notice of Filing, (2) The Petition to Expunge or Seal, and (3) The Orders Granting and Denying the Expungement or Sealing. 
 
3. Filing Fee:  To actually file the expungement or sealing, you must pay a fee.  The Clerk of Circuit Court of Cook County currently charges $120 to file an expungement or sealing.  That fee includes all of the arrests/cases you have in your background that are eligible for an Expungement or Sealing.   The Clerk of the Circuit Court of DuPage County charges $216 per arrest/case. 
 
4. Review Period:  Once the petition is filed, the police department that arrested you, the Illinois State Police, and the State’s Attorney’s Office of the county in which you filed all have the opportunity to review your petition and object if they so desire.  If an objection is made by one of those agencies, then a hearing is scheduled before a Judge.  If there is no objection, then the Judge will have an opportunity to review your case and either grant or deny your petition. 
 
 
These steps hold true for most Petitions to Expunge or Seal however there are exceptions.  More paperwork may be necessary depending on the charge you are attempting to clear.  In addition, the court may require a drug test in limited cases. 
 
To get a complete overview of your specific situation, contact XpungeChicago – A Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury.  Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future. 
 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Can a Retail Theft Be Expunged? - XpungeChicago.com Blog – December 9, 2012

A retail theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony under Illinois law depending on the value of the items taken and the defendant’s criminal background.  Most retail thefts are charged as misdemeanors and can be expunged if certain conditions are met.

 
If you are able to get the case dismissed or plead guilty and receive supervision you may be eligible for an Expungement. Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a free case review and background check to determine your eligibility.  
 
Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future.  XpungeChicago.com
 
 

 


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: Immigration - XpungeChicago.com Blog - December 2, 2012

The United States is considered a melting pot with the most diverse group of people living in one nation.  People from other countries seek to live the American dream by immigrating to the United States in order to provide their families with the best opportunities possible.   Many immigrants eventual realize the potential for success and apply for citizenship.  

Before a person is granted the status of being a “citizen” of the United States, a criminal background check is administered. Pursuant to federal immigration policy, any “conviction” can be a basis to bar admission into the United States. Therefore an arrest and a plea of guilty can prevent you from becoming a U.S. citizen.   
 
Many people familiar with Illinois law realize that pleading guilty to an offense and receiving supervision is not considered a conviction under Illinois law.  Although that is true, the federal government feels differently.  Supervision is considered a conviction for all intents and purposes when it comes to immigration status and can be a major factor determining entry into the United States. 
 
If you are applying to become a U.S. citizen and have been arrested or found guilty of an offense, it is crucial to have your record expunge to secure entry into the United States.  For more information please contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury at 847-920-4540 or XpungeChicago.com
 
Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future.
 

 


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: It's Public - XpungeChicago.com Blog - November 25, 2012

Many people are under the mistaken belief that your criminal record gets automatically cleared if your arrest didn’t result in a conviction.  The truth of the matter is that the arrest stays on your record indefinitely unless you expunge or seal it. 

A case will remain a matter of public record whether it was dismissed, you received supervision, or a conviction resulted.  Why leave your arrest out there for the world to see?
 
Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury to expunge or seal your criminal record in as little as 2 months. 
Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future  - XpungeChicago.com 
 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stand a Fighting Chance: XpungeChicago.com Blog - November 18, 2012

Trying to clear up your record?  You filed the Expungement paperwork on your own, paid the court filing fee, and received confirmation? You’re in the clear right???  WRONG!

The prosecutor has a right to objection to your Expungement.  The basis for the objection can vary and a hearing is required once an objection is made.  If you go to the hearing alone, unrepresented by an attorney, you are held to the same rules and standards as the trained prosecutor standing across from you.  Why go into the hearing without the proper representation?
 
The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury represents clients throughout Chicago and Cook County in these hearings.  As a former Expungement prosecutor in Cook County, Mr. Fakhoury has the experience necessary to finally clear your criminal record and put the past behind you. 
 
Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future:  XpungeChicago.com
 
 

 


Saturday, November 10, 2012

How Long Will It Take To Clear My Record? XpungeChicago Blog - November 10, 2012

 

Many clients wonder how long the entire record clearing process will take. The simple answer is that it depends. 
 
Every county and court district have different procedures and requirements when an expungement or sealing is filed.  Some districts within the same county, such as Cook County, take much longer than other districts to clear your record. In addition, the county prosecutor often objects to petitions to expunge/seal criminal records.  An objection further delays the process because a hearing before a Judge is required. 
 
Matt Fakhoury – A Chicago Expungement Attorney, assists clients throughout the City of Chicago as well as the suburban districts of Cook County – Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridegeview, and Markham.  Depending on the district and the specific circumstances of your case, we can get your record cleared in as little as 2 to 3 months. 
 
Call us now or visit us at XpungeChicago.com for a free case review. 
 
 

 


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Can't Expunge or Seal? You Still Have Options: XpungeChicago Blog - November 3, 2012

 

Many people are in the unfortunate situation of not being able to clear their criminal record because they simply are not eligible to do so.  Illinois law allows for an expungement or sealings in limited cases.  For instances, most felonies and even misdemeanor convictions cannot be expunged.  However, there are other options. 
 
Executive Clemency or a Pardon can eventually clear your criminal record and has the same effect as an expungement.  Even felony convictions can be pardoned despite being ineligible to expunge.  A pardon can only be granted by the Governor – currently Pat Quinn.
 
Do you have cases from your past that you can’t get off your record? Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury to Expunge, Seal, and Pardon your criminal record.
 

 


Sunday, October 28, 2012

How Long Will an Arrest be on My Criminal Record? XpungeChicago Blog - October 28, 2012

 

The answer is simple:  A criminal arrest will be on your background forever unless it is expunged or sealed!  
 
Charges that were eventually dismissed at court can potentially be expunged or sealed from your criminal record.  Unfortunately, the clearing of your criminal record is not automatic.  Furthermore, the belief that it is cleared after 5 or 10 years is simply a myth. 
 
The Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury, a Chicago Criminal Defense Firm, can expunge or seal your criminal record in as little as two months.  Contact us at XpungeChicago.com or at 847-920-4540
 
 

 


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: School - XpungeChicago Blog - October 21, 2012

 

Most Colleges, Universities, Law Schools, Medical Schools and other institutions of higher learning will ask if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime on an application.  Why allow a prior indiscretion to affect your chances of getting into the school of your dreams?  Allow us to expunge your criminal record before your educational opportunities pass your by. 
 
At XpungeChicago, A Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, we can get your record cleared in as little as 2 months.  Call us at 847-920-4540 or visit us at XpungeChicago.com for more information.
 
 

 


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: Housing

Being comfortable in your own home should be one of the most important goals in life.  With the current state of the housing market, now might be the perfect time to rent or even own the home you’ve always wanted.   

 
Landlords routinely run criminal background checks to assess whether you may be a problem tenant. Arrests for Retail Theft and even Drug Possession can cause a Landlord to pass you over.  Criminal charges for Fraud, Theft , or Forgery can prevent a bank from giving  you a mortgage.  
 
Why take the chance of having a potential landlord or loan provider see an old arrest?  Don’t allow that home or apartment to slip away because of a criminal record.
 
Clean your criminal record by expunging or sealing your case to get that new home or apartment. Contact XpungeChicago – A Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury to get the process started: 847-920-4540
 
 

 


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