Can You Get Pending Cases Off Your Record?

If you’re like many people with pending cases, you’re worried about whether they’ll show up on background checks. For example, if you’re trying to get a job and you have pending charges, you may have a tough time getting hired. The same is true if a landlord conducts a background check. So can you get pending cases off your record? This guide explains.

Can You Get Pending Cases Off Your Record?

You cannot get pending cases off your criminal record. You have to wait for an outcome before the court will clear your record, even if the pending case is preventing you from getting a job or getting approved by a landlord. 

That means your case has to be dismissed, the charges have to be dropped, or a court must find you guilty or not guilty before you can ask to clear your record. And if you’re found guilty of a crime, you must wait until a certain amount of time has passed since you completed your sentence before you can ask the court to clear your record.

Related: Does a “Not Guilty” verdict go on your criminal record?

What Alternatives Do You Have With Pending Cases?

For most people, the best course of action with a pending case is to work with an attorney. If you can’t afford an attorney, the court can appoint a public defender to help you. Usually, people find that working with attorneys helps them get the best possible outcome in their cases. An attorney may be able to get the charges against you dropped, or they may be able to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor in your case. If you’re still found guilty, your attorney may be able to show the court why you deserve leniency.

Related: Will you have a criminal record if you’re arrested?

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Expungement or Sealing?

If you’re tired of your criminal past coming back to bite you, we may be able to help. Call us right now at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below so we can talk about your case.

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