Can You Seal Animal Cruelty Crimes in Illinois?

If you have an animal cruelty conviction on your record, you may be wondering if you’re eligible for criminal record clearing – either sealing or expungement. This guide explains whether you can seal animal cruelty crimes from your criminal record in Illinois.

You cannot seal an animal cruelty conviction covered under the Humane Care for Animals Act. You can’t expunge it, either. (Many other criminal records are eligible for sealing

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Can You Seal a Sex Crime in Illinois?

If you’re like many people with a criminal history, you’ve heard of expungement and sealing – but can you seal a sex crime from your record in Illinois? This guide explains.

You can’t typically seal sex crimes in Illinois. These crimes have to stay on your criminal record forever. Any conviction that requires you to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act is a crime that must remain on your

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Can You Seal Aggravated Assault in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, you can expunge or seal criminal records and get a fresh start. Though few offenses qualify for expungement, many – including convictions – qualify for sealing. However, some crimes must remain on your criminal record forever – you can’t expunge or seal them. But can you seal an aggravated assault conviction? This guide explains.

Though you can seal many convictions, violent crimes are not among

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What is a Conviction for Expungement Purposes?

You may have heard that – with very few exceptions – you can’t expunge a conviction from your criminal record in Illinois. That’s true, but what is a conviction for expungement purposes? This guide explains.

What is a Conviction for Expungement Purposes?

A conviction is a finding of guilt that results in incarceration (jail or prison), probation, a conditional discharge, fine, or time served. If the court finds you guilty,

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How Long Does an Expungement Take in Illinois?

If you’re like many people, you’ve decided that you need a fresh start through criminal record expungement – but how long does an expungement take in Illinois, and what will you be required to provide? This guide explains.

How Long Does an Expungement Take in Illinois?

In Illinois, expungement takes at least a few months. That’s because the state of Illinois and its agencies – such as the Illinois State

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Is It Worth Getting Your Record Expunged?

If you’re like most people, you’ve heard of criminal record expungement – but is it really worth the effort, time and money?

For most people, yes. It’s worth getting a record expunged. This guide explains why.

Is It Worth Getting Your Record Expunged?

Expungement is a valuable tool that you can use to give yourself a fresh start. In the state of Illinois, expungement completely clears your criminal record –

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What to Do if Someone Objects to Your Expungement

When you get your criminal record expunged in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, interested parties – such as the Illinois State Police, the state’s attorney and others – have the chance to object to your expungement. If someone does, here’s what you need to know.

What to Do if Someone Objects to Your Expungement

First things first: There are several reasons an interested party may object to your expungement. However,

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Can Anyone Object to My Expungement Petition?

It’s possible for an agency or an entity to object to your expungement in Illinois – and that objection can prevent the judge assigned to your case from granting your petition. Here’s what you need to know.

Can Anyone Object to My Expungement Petition?

Police departments, prosecutors and other entities that you listed on your Notice of Filing for Expungement and/or Sealing will have an opportunity to give their opinion

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Do I Have to Go to Court for an Expungement?

In many cases, you don’t need to go to court for an expungement in Illinois – but there are some instances that require your appearance. This guide explains.

Do I Have to Go to Court for an Expungement in Illinois?

Sometimes filing a petition is enough – you simply wait for your paperwork to make it through the system and for the judge to make a decision on clearing your

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