If you’re an adult who wants to expunge or seal a criminal record in Illinois, you may want to work with an attorney who can handle the whole process for you. Generally, many people find that working with an experienced lawyer is easier than obtaining criminal history reports, filling out and filing multiple forms, and appearing at hearings without legal representation. However, if you’re interested in taking a DIY route, this adult expungement and sealing checklist for the state of Illinois will get you started.
Forms You Need to Expunge or Seal Your Records in Illinois
You may need some or all of these forms to expunge or seal your records in Illinois:
Request to Expunge & Impound and/or Seal Criminal Records
Notice of Filing for Expungement and/or Sealing
Order to Expunge & Impound and/or Seal Criminal Records
Order Denying Request to Expunge & Impound and/or Seal Criminal Records
Additional Arrests or Cases for Expungement
Additional Arrests of Cases for Sealing
Additional Notice for Filing for Expungement or Sealing
Information You Need to Fill Out the Forms
You’ll need a complete copy of your criminal history report, because to fill out the forms properly, you must include details about the arrests and charges on your criminal record. You also need the addresses of police departments or law enforcement agencies that arrested you, addresses of the state’s attorney’s offices that filed charges against you, and addresses of chief legal officers in the location where you were arrested.
Fees for Filing Forms
There are fees associated with filing the forms you need to request expungement or criminal record sealing. You can find out the fees from your Clerk of Court.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Expunging or Sealing Your Criminal Record?
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