Expungement and Immigration

If you get your criminal record expunged, will it affect your immigration case? This guide explains the link between expungement and immigration so you know what you’re facing if you’re not a natural born or naturalized U.S. citizen.

Expungement and Immigration

United States immigration law requires you to disclose any arrests you’ve ever had when you apply for immigration benefits. That includes any arrests you had when you were a Read More

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Will a Domestic Violence Conviction Show Up on a Background Check?

If you’re like many people with a criminal record, you want to know what will show up if someone – like a landlord, an employer, your school or even a creditor – does a background check on you. But let’s get specific: Will a domestic violence conviction show up on a background check? This guide explains.

Will a Domestic Violence Conviction Show Up on a Background Check?

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Will a Drunk Driving Conviction Show Up On a Background Check?

If you’ve ever been convicted of drunk driving – or, for that matter, if you’ve ever been arrested for drunk driving (even if you weren’t convicted) – it’ll show up on your criminal record. That means it’ll also show up on a background check. Here’s what you need to know.

Will a Drunk Driving Conviction Show Up On a Background Check?

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Can You Join the Army With a Criminal Record?

If you’re like many people, you’d like to join the Army – after all, who wouldn’t want benefits and a steady paycheck?

But what if you have a criminal record? Will they even let you in?

This guide explains. 

You may be able to join the U.S. Army with a criminal record – but whether they’ll let you in depends on several factors. First, the severity of the crime matters Read More

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Can You Seal Just PART of Your Criminal Record?

If you’re like many people, you’ve made some mistakes in the past – but fortunately, with criminal record sealing, you may be able to get the fresh start you deserve. Though not all offenses qualify for criminal record sealing, many do. But can you seal just part of your criminal record? This guide explains.

Can You Seal Just PART of Your Criminal Record?

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Does a “Not Guilty” Verdict Go On Your Criminal Record?

If you’re tried for a crime and found not guilty, will it appear on your record? If it does, is there anything you can do to remove it? Here’s what you need to know about whether a not guilty verdict will go on your criminal record.

Does a “Not Guilty” Verdict Go On Your Criminal Record?

A not guilty verdict does appear on your criminal record. It’s right there with Read More

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Do Arrests Create a Criminal Record?

If the police arrest you, do you have a criminal record? And if you do, will anyone ever see it? What can you do about it? Here’s what you need to know about arrests creating a criminal record.

Do Arrests Create a Criminal Record?

When the police arrest you, you get a criminal record. For many people, the arrest is the end of it – but for others, it’s just Read More

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Do I Have a Criminal Record if My Charges Were Dropped?

If you have ever been arrested, you have a criminal record – even if the state of Illinois dropped the charges against you. Here’s what you need to know. 

Do I Have a Criminal Record if My Charges Were Dropped?

As soon as someone is arrested and brought to jail, their information is entered into the police database. (On TV, they call it “booking” someone.) When your information goes into Read More

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Do I Need to Expunge an Arrest Record?

If you’re arrested in the state of Illinois, you have a criminal record – and your arrest will stay on your record unless you take action to expunge or seal it. Whether you should or not is up to you; it’s a personal decision, and you may want to consult with a Chicago expungement attorney about your situation. 

Do I Need to Expunge an Arrest Record?

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In the News: Expungement Backlog Puts People’s Lives on Hold

In the state of Illinois, you’re allowed to expunge certain arrests and charges – and even some convictions – from your criminal record. Expungement is like a fresh start for many people; it’s a process that requires law enforcement agencies to destroy your records or return them to you.

When you expunge your record, it’s like nothing ever happened.

But in recent months, cases have been slipping through the cracks. Read More

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