Making a mistake that leads to a criminal record can change the trajectory of your life. However, in Illinois, there’s a glimmer of hope. With the possibility of expunging or sealing your record, you might be able to leave the past behind and pave a smoother path forward. But what do you need to know about this process? Let’s uncover the key facts together.5 Fast Facts About Expungement in Read More
If you’re like many people, you have weed convictions on your Illinois criminal record – and you’d like to clear them to give yourself a fresh start. But can you expunge weed convictions in Illinois? This guide explains.
Can You Expunge Weed Convictions in Illinois?
Marijuana is now legal in Illinois – it has been since January 1, 2020. And fortunately, part of the law that made weed legal also created a pathway to clear criminal records of weed-related offenses. There are different ways to expunge your record, and each depends on what type of record you have.
Minor Cannabis Offenses
Minor cannabis offenses involving 30 grams or less are supposed to be expunged automatically. However, that’s not always the case. When it is automatic, the Prisoner Review Board recommends that the governor grants a pardon authorizing expungement; if the governor does so, the attorney general files a petition in the county where you were convicted to get your record expunged. The circuit court clerk will then notify you and give you a copy of your expungement order.
The table below outlines possession or dealing convictions that involved 500 grams or less of weed, depending on the date of your conviction.
|Conviction||Conviction Date||Amount of Weed|
|Possession||August 13, 1973 to June 25, 2019||500 grams or less|
|Attempted possession||August 15, 1997 to June 25, 2019||2,000 grams or less|
|Attempted possession||August 13, 1973 to August 14, 1997||Any amount|
|Manufacture/delivery or possession with intent to manufacture/deliver||September 24, 1983 to June 25, 2019||30 grams or less|
|Attempted manufacture or delivery||September 24, 1983 to June 25, 2019||500 grams or less|
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