It’s not always easy to get the state of Illinois to expunge or seal your criminal record. You need background checks, specific petitions and request forms for different counties, and a wide range of documentation to begin the process – and what’s worse is that a simple mistake can cause a long delay in the process.
For most people, that means working with experienced legal professionals.
At XpungeChicago, we’ve helped people in situations just like yours – and we can help you, too. We know how to guide you through the entire criminal record clearing process
Matt Fakhoury is a former prosecutor and currently a Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney. Mr. Fakhoury is also an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University where he teaches law courses in the undergraduate sociology department.
Colleen LeFevour received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Concordia University Chicago in 2015. Colleen attended The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, and obtained her Juris Doctor Degree. While in undergraduate and law school, Colleen was employed with the Rosemont Public Safety Department in Rosemont, Illinois. She also clerked at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau and clerked for the Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic at The John Marshall Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Caitlin Wilder received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology from Loyola University Chicago in 2017. Caitlin attended UIC John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, and obtained her Juris Doctor Degree. While in undergrad, Caitlin clerked at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – Juvenile Justice Bureau. While in law school, she clerked at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office in the Homicide Task Force as well as in private practice focusing on federal white-collar defense. In addition, Ms. Wilder worked for the Pro Bono Litigation Clinic at UIC John Marshall Law School.
If you’re expunging your criminal record in Illinois, you must first make sure you’re eligible. So what do you look for on your record to determine whether you’re eligible for criminal record clearing?
Here’s what you need to know.
Expunging Your Record? Here’s What to Look For
When you talk to a Chicago expungement attorney about clearing your criminal record, you’ll need a complete copy of your record. If you
Clearing your criminal record through sealing gives you a fresh start – it means that most people will never be able to see your history through a regular background check. However, there are seven criminal offenses you can never seal in Illinois; they must stay on your criminal record forever unless you receive a pardon from the governor or they’re vacated or reversed.