Don’t Keep The Past In the Past This Year – Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future

Typically, keeping the past in the past is a wise decision.  However, there are exceptions. If you have prior arrests or even convictions on your criminal record, it doesn’t have to remain there.

XpungeChicago is a division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury that concentrates on expungements and sealings of criminal records.  Even if your record is not eligible for an expungement or sealing, you may nevertheless clear your


Start Off the New Year Right – Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future

As 2012 comes to an end people are coming up with their New Year’s Resolutions.   Some resolutions include getting a new job, going back to school, or renting a new apartment.  While those resolutions are admirable, the fact of the matter is that an old arrest can prevent you from getting a new job, getting into school, or even living in the home of your dreams.

Employers, universities, and land


The Process of Clearing Your Criminal Record

Clearing your criminal record is not as simple as one may think.  There are several steps that must be taken to properly file an Expungement or Sealing.

1. Rap Sheet:  If you are trying to expunge or seal a case that arose from a Chicago Police arrest, you must obtain a copy of your criminal arrest record.  You can order your rap sheet from Chicago Police headquarters located at 3510


Can a Retail Theft Be Expunged?

A retail theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony under Illinois law depending on the value of the items taken and the defendant’s criminal background.  Most retail thefts are charged as misdemeanors and can be expunged if certain conditions are met.

If you are able to get the case dismissed or plead guilty and receive supervision you may be eligible for an Expungement. Contact the Law Offices of


Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: Immigration

The United States is considered a melting pot with the most diverse group of people living in one nation.  People from other countries seek to live the American dream by immigrating to the United States in order to provide their families with the best opportunities possible.   Many immigrants eventual realize the potential for success and apply for citizenship.

Before a person is granted the status of being a “citizen” of


Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: It’s Public

Many people are under the mistaken belief that your criminal record gets automatically cleared if your arrest didn’t result in a conviction.  The truth of the matter is that the arrest stays on your record indefinitely unless you expunge or seal it.

A case will remain a matter of public record whether it was dismissed, you received supervision, or a conviction resulted.  Why leave your arrest out there for the


Stand a Fighting Chance

Trying to clear up your record?  You filed the Expungement paperwork on your own, paid the court filing fee, and received confirmation? You’re in the clear right???  WRONG!

The prosecutor has a right to objection to your Expungement.  The basis for the objection can vary and a hearing is required once an objection is made.  If you go to the hearing alone, unrepresented by an attorney, you are held to


How Long Will It Take To Clear My Record?

Many clients wonder how long the entire record clearing process will take. The simple answer is that it depends.

Every county and court district have different procedures and requirements when an expungement or sealing is filed.  Some districts within the same county, such as Cook County, take much longer than other districts to clear your record. In addition, the county prosecutor often objects to petitions to expunge/seal criminal records.  An


Can’t Expunge or Seal? You Still Have Options

Many people are in the unfortunate situation of not being able to clear their criminal record because they simply are not eligible to do so.  Illinois law allows for an expungement or sealings in limited cases.  For instances, most felonies and even misdemeanor convictions cannot be expunged.  However, there are other options.

Executive Clemency or a Pardon can eventually clear your criminal record and has the same effect as an


How Long Will an Arrest be on My Criminal Record?

The answer is simple:  A criminal arrest will be on your background forever unless it is expunged or sealed!  

Charges that were eventually dismissed at court can potentially be expunged or sealed from your criminal record.  Unfortunately, the clearing of your criminal record is not automatic.  Furthermore, the belief that it is cleared after 5 or 10 years is simply a myth. 

The Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury, a