If a Record is Expunged, Who Can See It?

If you get your criminal record expunged, can anyone see it? This guide explains who can see your record after it’s been expunged.

If a Record is Expunged, Who Can See It?

If you have your criminal record expunged in the state of Illinois, nobody will ever see it. In fact, it’s like you never had a criminal record at all. There are some catches to that, though; sometimes it’s Read More

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Does a Forcible Felony Stay on Your Record in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, some felony crimes are considered “forcible felonies.” These crimes, like most other convictions, cannot be expunged from your criminal record. Many of them cannot be sealed, either. This guide explains.

What is a Forcible Felony in Illinois?

Forcible felonies are crimes that typically involve violence, or that result in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another person. For example, homicide, criminal sexual Read More

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Do Arrests Show Up on a Background Check?

If you’ve ever been arrested, you have a criminal record. That’s true whether you were let go without being charged for a crime, whether you were charged with a crime, or whether you were actually convicted. The fact is that once police arrest you, you have a record.

Do Arrests Show Up on a Background Check?

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Can You Get a FOID Card With an Expunged Record?

Though the requirements to get a FOID card in Illinois are very strict, it’s possible to get one after your criminal record is expunged. Here’s what you need to know.

Can You Get a FOID Card With an Expunged Record?

If your criminal record is expunged, which means that it no longer exists in the justice system, you can get a firearm owner’s identification card. A firearm owner’s identification card Read More

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Do Expunged Records Show Up on a Fingerprint Background Check?

If you’re like many people with a criminal record, you know that expungement will permanently clear that record. You probably also know that criminal record sealing is a very similar process. But will expunged records show up on an FBI fingerprint background check? This guide explains.

Do Expunged Records Show Up on a Fingerprint Background Check?

When your criminal record is expunged, it ceases to exist. The agencies that have Read More

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Can a Sex Offender Get a Pardon in Illinois?

If you are like many people, you find expungements, criminal record sealing, and pardons a little bit confusing – and that’s totally normal. The system is fairly complex, and there are major similarities and differences between each type of record clearing. Pardons are the most rare form of criminal record clearing, so can a sex offender get a pardon in Illinois? This guide explains.

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Can You Get Pending Cases Off Your Record?

If you’re like many people with pending cases, you’re worried about whether they’ll show up on background checks. For example, if you’re trying to get a job and you have pending charges, you may have a tough time getting hired. The same is true if a landlord conducts a background check. So can you get pending cases off your record? This guide explains.

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Can You Expunge Criminal Charges in Illinois?

If you’re like many people in Illinois, you have criminal charges on your record – but can you expunge criminal charges in Illinois? What if you were found not guilty, and what if you were convicted of a crime? This guide explains. 

Can You Expunge Criminal Charges in Illinois?

You can expunge criminal charges in Illinois – but only if you were not convicted of the crime. That means you Read More

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What if You Have Criminal Records in More Than One County in Illinois?

If you’re like many people, you have a criminal history – and your history may include arrests, dropped charges, findings of not guilty or even convictions. In many cases, people are able to clear their criminal records through expungement or sealing. But what if you have criminal records in more than one county in Illinois? This guide explains. 

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