Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog

Monday, March 27, 2017

How to Find Your Cook County Arrest Record


If you live in Chicago and you’re ready to have your criminal record expunged so you can get the fresh start you deserve, you’re most likely going to need your Cook County arrest record.

But what is your arrest record, and where do you get it?

What is a Cook County Arrest Record?

In Cook County, your arrest record is known as your “RAP” sheet. (It’s your “Record of Arrests and Prosecutions.”)

It contains all the information the county has compiled on your arrests and prosecutions, and it’s a necessary document if you want to expunge your criminal record.
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Clearing Your Criminal Record is More Important Now Than Ever


With deportation forces sweeping across the country, searching for people who have committed minor crimes, now may be the best time to begin the process of clearing your criminal record.

Deportation and Minor Crimes

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been performing major “roundup” operations, detaining hundreds of people with felony, misdemeanor, and even no criminal convictions.

“Before, we used to be told, ‘You can’t arrest those people,’ and we’d be disciplined for being insubordinate if we did,”


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Can I Expunge a Misdemeanor in Chicago?


If you’re like many people with criminal records, you’d like a fresh start through expungement — and you certainly deserve one. But where would you even begin, and are your records eligible in the first place?

Can I Expunge a Misdemeanor in Chicago?

Many misdemeanor charges can be expunged in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois. In fact,


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Monday, February 13, 2017

What is the Expungement Process Like in Chicago?


Most people who have considered criminal record expungement (or sealing, for those who aren’t eligible for expungement) have wondered what the process includes — and how long it takes.

If you’re one of them, we may be able to help you.

What is the Expungement Process Like?

In the state of Illinois, expungement is regulated under the


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Monday, January 30, 2017

University of Illinois Students With Criminal Records May Be Eligible for Expungement


If you’re a University of Illinois student who’s made a mistake (or two) and now you’re stuck living with the consequences of having a criminal record, there may be a way for you to get a fresh start.

Criminal record expungement may be a way for you to leave your mistakes in the past, where they belong, so you can focus on your future after graduation.

Many people in situations like yours hire a Champaign expungement lawyer who puts in the hours and works to make it all happen.

What is Expungement?

Expungement is a legal process that completely erases your criminal record… and if you’ve been arrested, you have a criminal record.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

How Do I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?


If you’ve ever wondered how to get your criminal record expunged, you’re not alone. Thousands of people in Chicago, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie (and all the surrounding communities, as well) have wondered the same thing.

But is it an easy process? And if it is, where do you begin?

How Do I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?

If you’re eligible for expungement (not everyone is; see “Am I Eligible for Expungement?” to answer a few questions and determine your possible eligibility), you may want to work with a Read more . . .


Monday, January 2, 2017

"I Want My Record Gone!"


“I want my record gone!”

If you’ve said that because your criminal record has caused you to miss out on employment opportunities, cost you the chance at a decent place to live, or was used to reject a loan application, you might benefit from working with a Chicago criminal record expungement lawyer.

How Do I Get Rid of My Criminal Record?

If you want your criminal record gone, you’ll need to petition the court for criminal record expungement.
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Monday, December 19, 2016

How Do I Get an Expunged Record in Illinois?


If you’re like most people, you’ve heard stories about people who have had their criminal records expunged… and you wonder if it could work for you, too.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Misdemeanor Expungement in Illinois


Expunging a misdemeanor in Illinois may not be as difficult as it seems—but in order to qualify for expungement, you’ll need to meet certain criteria.

Why Expunge a Misdemeanor in Illinois?

Many people choose to Read more . . .


Monday, November 7, 2016

Criminal Background Expungement


Criminal background expungement, which is commonly just called “expungement,” can make a huge difference in your life. It’s not just about having a clear criminal background (if you’re not sure what appears on your criminal record, it’s a good idea to work with a Read more . . .


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