Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog
Monday, July 11, 2016
If you’re like many people in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows or Schaumburg who have criminal records, you’ve probably wondered how different your life would be if you didn’t have something negative from your past holding you back.
But is criminal record expungement right for you? Do you even qualify for expungement, or should you attempt to have your criminal records sealed?
What Most Chicago Expungement Lawyers Won’t Tell You
Many people who have had their criminal records expunged go on to lead exceptionally successful lives—but unfortunately, not enough people know about record expungement or sealing; these people aren’t aware that they’re eligible for the fresh start they deserve.
Most Chicago expungement lawyers don’t tell people that:
Friday, July 8, 2016
If you’re like many people with a criminal record—even if it’s a simple arrest record for something that happened years ago (or even when you were a juvenile)—you’re wondering if your record can stop you from getting a job.
The truth is that it can.
In fact, having a criminal record (even an incredibly simple one with just one thing on it) can stop you from getting a job, getting a loan to purchase a home or getting approval to live in an apartment, or affect you in countless other ways.
How Could a Criminal Record Stop You From Getting a Job?
Many employers in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg, as well as in the other suburbs, conduct criminal background checks on potential employees. Your consent to a background check may be required for an offer of employment, which means you have to give the potential employer permission to conduct a background check if you want to be considered for a job.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
If you’re like many people in Skokie, criminal record expungement has crossed your mind. The truth is that if you have been arrested in Skokie or in any of the surrounding communities, you have a criminal record. Even if your case was dismissed, there is a record that exists with your name on it—and in some cases, employers, landlords and others may be able to access it.
Skokie Criminal Record Expungement
The first step to clearing your criminal record in Skokie is to get your criminal background report, which is commonly referred to as your RAP sheet. You’ll need to get information for every case.
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Monday, June 20, 2016
If you’ve ever been arrested, taken to jail or charged with a crime, you have a criminal record.
However, if you’re like many people, you don’t give it much thought until it gets in your way.
The harsh reality is that many people with criminal records—including people who don’t even get so much as a traffic ticket—have a tough time finding employment, getting a place to live, or even borrowing money because of mistakes they made in the past.
The good news? It may not have to be that way.
You could be Read more . . .
Monday, June 13, 2016
In many cases, misdemeanor convictions can be sealed in Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Skokie and Schaumburg (as well as elsewhere in Illinois).
However, there are some crimes that qualify for neither sealing nor expungement—and if you have been convicted of one of them, your only other option is a pardon from the governor of Illinois, which is known as executive clemency.
What Crimes Do NOT Qualify for Sealing in Illinois?
Offenses that don’t Read more . . .
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
If you’re like many people living in Chicago or the suburbs who have a criminal record, it may not have ever crossed your mind that you could be eligible for a fresh start.
However, with Illinois laws on criminal record expungement, you could be.
What is Criminal Record Expungement?
Criminal record expungement is the process of erasing a person’s criminal arrests and, in some cases, convictions.
If you have your criminal record expunged, you will be able to move forward with your life as if it never even happened.
Why Should You Petition for Criminal Record Expungement?
The sad truth is that many employers, landlords and even lenders are hesitant to work with someone who has a criminal record.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
If you’re like many people who want to have their criminal records expunged or sealed, you’ve already done a little research on it (and if not, don’t worry—you can talk to a criminal record expungement lawyer in Chicago right now by calling 847-920-4540).
You may already know that you need your criminal record before you can petition the court to expunge or seal your record… but if you’re like most people, you’re wondering, “How do I find my criminal record?”
How Do I Find My Criminal Record?
There are two ways you can get your hands on your criminal record. First, you can have your Chicago expungement lawyer conduct a Read more . . .
Monday, May 23, 2016
If you’re like many people who don’t qualify for expungement, you’ve wondered whether you may qualify for criminal record sealing. While expungement and sealing aren’t available to everyone, you may qualify for one or the other—and your best bet is to get in touch with a Chicago criminal record sealing lawyer who can help you get the answers you need.
Do I Qualify to Seal My Criminal Record in Illinois?
Some criminal records can be sealed, even if you don’t qualify to seal all of them.
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Monday, May 9, 2016
Research shows that despite laws put in place that are supposed to make it easier for juveniles to expunge their records, it’s not working out that way—and that can spell disaster for Read more . . .
Monday, April 25, 2016
When you’re trying to get a fresh start by having your criminal record expunged in Illinois, the terms can get a bit confusing. This guide can help you keep tabs on your case—but if you come up with questions, don’t hesitate to ask your Illinois expungement lawyer. He or she will be happy to answer your questions and explain what’s going on with your case.
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Monday, April 11, 2016
Expungement and sealing are two different legal processes, but both have similar results: some or all of your criminal record will be hidden from public view.
So what are the key differences between expungement and criminal record sealing?
Expungement vs. Sealing in Illinois
You may be able to expunge or seal your criminal record whether or not you’ve been convicted of a crime.
If you were arrested, or arrested and charged but not convicted, you could have a criminal record that’s eligible for either expungement or sealing. However, in order to qualify for expungement, you must never have been convicted of a crime (with a few exceptions, including Read more . . .