Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog
Sunday, 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.
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Sunday, 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.
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Saturday, 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
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
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
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
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
Friday, October 5, 2012
Many people who are arrested but subsequently get their case dismissed are under the mistaken belief that the case is automatically expunged from their record. The fact of the matter is that expunging your record is NOT automatic. In fact, the court file and police reports will remain in the system available for the public to view even if the case is ultimately thrown out.
When an arrest occurs, the arresting police agency creates a file on you. At that point, your fingerprints are sent to the Illinois State Police and they generate a file on you as well. Lastly, a court file is also generated once you go to court.
In order to clear your criminal record, you must apply for an expungement to erase any traces of the arrest or court case. The expungement process is not automatic even if your case was dismissed.
Contact XpungeChicago – A Division of The Offices of M. Fakhoury to begin the Clearing Your Criminal Record!
Sunday, September 30, 2012
There are several reasons why clearing your criminal record is vital to the pursuit of happiness. At the top of the list are employment opportunities and with it, financial freedom. Thousands of people a day in Chicago and Cook County are denied jobs because of a prior arrest or court case. Although you may have paid your debt to society and are attempting to move forward in your life, society isn’t allowing you to do so.
Most employers do extensive and thorough criminal background checks of all applicants applying for jobs. If a prior case preventing you from getting a job, you may be able to Expunge or Seal your criminal record.
Contact the Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury for a free consultation – Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future!