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

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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

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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

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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

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Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: Housing

Being comfortable in your own home should be one of the most important goals in life.  With the current state of the housing market, now might be the perfect time to rent or even own the home you’ve always wanted.

Landlords routinely run criminal background checks to assess whether you may be a problem tenant. Arrests for Retail Theft and even Drug Possession can cause a Landlord to pass you

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Misconceptions – Expungements Are Not Automatic

Many people who are arrested but subsequently get their case dismissed are under the mistaken belief that the case is automatically expunged from their record.  The fact of the matter is that expunging your record is NOT automatic.  In fact, the court file and police reports will remain in the system available for the public to view even if the case is ultimately thrown out.

When an arrest occurs, the

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Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: Employment

There are several reasons why clearing your criminal record is vital to the pursuit of happiness.  At the top of the list are employment opportunities and with it, financial freedom.   Thousands of people a day in Chicago and Cook County are denied jobs because of a prior arrest or court case.  Although you may have paid your debt to society and are attempting to move forward in your life, society

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Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: Employment | Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog

There are several reasons why clearing your criminal record is vital to the pursuit of happiness.  At the top of the list are employment opportunities and with it, financial freedom.   Thousands of people a day in Chicago and Cook County are denied jobs because of a prior arrest or court case.  Although you may have paid your debt to society and are attempting to move forward in your life, society

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Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: School

Most Colleges, Universities, Law Schools, Medical Schools and other institutions of higher learning will ask if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime on an application. Why allow a prior indiscretion to affect your chances of getting into the school of your dreams?  Allow us to expunge your criminal record before your educational opportunities pass your by.

At XpungeChicago, A Division of the Law Offices of M.

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