Many people in Chicago and the surrounding communities find that having a criminal record holds than back from doing the things they want to do and if you’re one of those people, a criminal record expungement may be the right choice for you.
If you’re eligible, a criminal record expungement can give you a fresh start.
4 Reasons to Have Your Criminal Record Expunged
There are many reasons you may choose to have your criminal record expunged, but some of the most common involve the negative repercussions of having a "rap sheet."
1. Insurance, Loans and Other Financial Reasons
In many cases, lenders and insurance companies are allowed to conduct criminal background checks. Unfortunately, this can translate into higher premiums and higher interest rates for you.
2. Housing Problems
Landlords often run criminal background checks because it is their responsibility to ensure that their Other tenants are safe. If a landlord feels that you may pose a risk to other tenants, even if you’ve never been convicted of a crime, he or she may choose not to rent to you.
3. Employability Issues
In some professional fields, people who have been charged with a crime may have difficulty finding and keeping a job. Further, some organizations may not let you volunteer for them if you’ve ever been arrested… even if you were never convicted of a crime.
4. Denial of Education and Educational Benefits
Some colleges and universities expel students who have criminal records. You may also be ineligible for financial aid – and with today’s college costs, that can put an end to your educational career.
Are You Eligible for Expungement?
Not everyone is eligible for expungement. Your Chicago expungement attorney can help you determine whether you meet Illinois’ criteria for criminal record clearing by conducting a thorough background check.
If you are eligible for expungement, your lawyer will be able to file the appropriate paperwork. If the state’s attorney objects to your expungement, your lawyer will be able to argue on your behalf.
Do You Need A Fresh Start?
If you’re having trouble finding housing, employment or other things you need because of your criminal record, a Chicago expungement lawyer may be able to help.
Call us at 847-920-4540 or contact us online. If you are eligible, we can help you move forward with your life.