What Class 4 Felonies Can You Seal in Illinois?

If you’re like many people with felony criminal histories, you’re looking for a fresh start – you’re sick of your criminal record hanging over your head. Fortunately, Illinois law allows you to seal some Class 4 felonies. Although sealing is different from expungement, it has almost the same effect: Your criminal record will no longer be available to the general public, and it won’t come up in standard criminal background

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Can You Seal Arrests and Dismissals on Your Criminal Record?

If you have arrests and dismissals on your criminal record, can you seal them so that prospective employers and other people won’t be able to see them? This guide explains.

Can You Seal Arrests and Dismissals on Your Criminal Record?

You can seal arrests on cases that never resulted in a conviction. In fact, these are the types of cases that are always eligible for criminal record sealing:

  • Released without
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How to Get Copies of Your Criminal Records in Illinois

If you’re like many people considering expungement or sealing in Illinois, you know you need to have a complete copy of your criminal records – but where do you get them? This guide explains.

How to Get Copies of Your Criminal Records in Illinois

You can get your criminal records from the Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department, the police agency that arrested you, or the Illinois Circuit Court.

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How Long Do I Have to Wait to Seal My Criminal Record in Illinois?

If you’re like many people, you’re entitled to a fresh start through criminal record sealing. But how long do you have to wait to seal your criminal record in Illinois? This guide explains.

How Long Do I Have to Wait to Seal My Criminal Record in Illinois?

You can’t just walk into the courthouse and tell someone there to seal your record – you have to go through a very

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Can You Seal a DUI Conviction in Illinois?

If you’re like many people who have been convicted of driving under the influence, you’re wondering if you can seal a DUI. Here’s what you need to know.

Can You Seal a DUI Conviction in Illinois?

You cannot seal a DUI conviction in Illinois. If you’re convicted of driving under the influence, that conviction must stay on your criminal record forever – unless you get a pardon from the governor

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Is it Better to Seal or Expunge Arrest Records in Illinois?

Is it better to seal or expunge arrest records in Illinois? If you were arrested and never charged with a crime, your case was dismissed, or you were found not guilty of the crime, you’re eligible to do either, so this guide can help you decide what’s best for you.

Is it Better to Seal or Expunge Arrest Records in Illinois?

Sealing and expungement are similar, but they’re not exactly

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Can You Seal an Arson Charge on Your Criminal Record?

If you’ve been convicted of arson – or any other crime, for that matter – you most likely don’t want your past hanging over your head. Having a criminal record is tough, and it disrupts your life; it can prevent you from doing the things you want to do, including getting a job, finding a place to live, and even getting credit.

The good news is that you may be

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Expunging Your Record? Here’s What to Look For

If you’re expunging your criminal record in Illinois, you must first make sure you’re eligible. So what do you look for on your record to determine whether you’re eligible for criminal record clearing?

Here’s what you need to know.

Expunging Your Record? Here’s What to Look For

When you talk to a Chicago expungement attorney about clearing your criminal record, you’ll need a complete copy of your record. If you

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7 Criminal Offenses You Can Never Seal in Illinois

Clearing your criminal record through sealing gives you a fresh start – it means that most people will never be able to see your history through a regular background check. However, there are seven criminal offenses you can never seal in Illinois; they must stay on your criminal record forever unless you receive a pardon from the governor or they’re vacated or reversed.

Here’s what they are.

7 Criminal Offenses
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Does Your Criminal Record Clear After 7 Years?

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard the popular myth that your criminal record clears after seven years.

But it’s just that: A myth.

Does Your Criminal Record Clear After 7 Years?

When you have a criminal record, it lasts forever unless you take action and work through official channels to clear it. There’s no seven-year “dropoff” period in which a criminal record is erased.

So how can you clear

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