If you’re like many people who have sex offenses on an Illinois criminal record, you’re wondering if they’ll remain on your record forever – so can you expunge sex offenses in Illinois? Here’s what you need to know.
Can You Expunge Sex Offenses From Your Criminal Record in Illinois?
You cannot expunge the vast majority of sex offenses from your criminal record in Illinois. Any crime that requires you to register as a sex offender must remain on your record.
However, there is an exception: If you were charged with a sex crime and never convicted, you can expunge it from your record.
You must never have been convicted of the sex crime in order to expunge it from your record.
That means you can expunge the sex offense if:
You were arrested and released with no charges
You were charged, but the charges were dropped
You were charged, went to court, and the court found you not guilty of a sex crime
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Clearing Your Criminal Record?
Just because there are some things you can’t seal or expunge, that doesn’t mean your whole criminal record has to stay the way it is forever. You may still be eligible to expunge or seal other offenses.
Call our office at 847-920-4540 right now for a free case review. We’ll ask about what’s on your record and let you know whether your past offenses qualify for expungement or sealing.
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
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.