Employers, property owners and creditors often conduct background checks. It’s a pretty common practice – and they do it because they want to see whether you’re someone they’re comfortable hiring you, renting to you or lending you money. In some cases, a criminal record can disqualify you from doing the things you want to do.
And it doesn’t matter if you’ve made serious changes, or that you’re not even the same person you were when you made mistakes in the past.
Sometimes a criminal history is all people pay attention to, even when it’s no longer relevant to who you are.
You want a fresh start, and you certainly deserve one. But unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for criminal record clearing in Illinois.
The best way to find out if you are eligible is through a background check. That way, you’ll know whether you qualify to expunge or seal your record – the state determines who’s eligible based on what the record contains.
How to Get an Illinois Criminal
It can be difficult to conduct your own Illinois criminal background check. Each agency that has a copy of your records has its own procedures, and you might be required to submit fingerprints, show up at certain times in certain offices, and file paperwork to request your records. In many cases, people turn to background check attorneys for help – and that way, they don’t have to figure out which agency needs which information, how much it costs, and what steps to take.
We May Be Able to Help You Get Your Life Back on Track
The Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury, LLC has handled numerous background checks all across Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties. Because we routinely conduct Illinois criminal record checks, we know exactly where to go and what paperwork to file. That means you’ll get the answers you need, and you’ll get them as quickly as possible.
Cook County Background Checks
Whether you live in Chicago, Skokie, Schaumburg or elsewhere in Cook County, The Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury can conduct your Cook County background check to determine whether you’re eligible for expungement or sealing.
dupage County Background Checks
From West Chicago and Wheaton to Naperville and Downers Grove, our firm can work with the DuPage County legal system to get your complete criminal history.
LAKE County Background Checks
The Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury can obtain background checks in Lake County, which includes Lake Forest, Highland Park and North Chicago, as well as several other cities, to help you find out if you’re eligible for expungement in Illinois.
will County Background Checks
Our firm can access criminal records in Bolingbrook, Joliet and areas in southern Will County through the police departments and court systems.
Criminal record expungement or sealing can give you a new lease on life.
If the state clears your records, you won’t have to tell potential employers about mistakes you made years ago. Landlords and lenders will only judge you by your financial picture – not by something you did in the past.
Even if landlords, employers or lenders conduct a background check, they won’t find anything if the state has cleared your records. That’s the power of criminal record sealing and expungement.
It all starts with that “if,” though. If you are eligible.
And if you want to find out, a criminal background check can tell you.
Want a free consultation? Call The Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury at 847-920-4540 or contact us online. We can get your Illinois criminal background check done and provide you with case-specific legal advice to help you get the fresh start that you deserve.
Stop waiting. Start moving forward with your life.
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