If you’ve ever been convicted of patronizing a prostitute, can you ever get that conviction removed from your criminal record? This guide explains.
Can You Seal a Patronizing a Prostitute Conviction in Illinois?
Patronizing a prostitute is a Class 4 felony in the state of Illinois (unless it’s committed within 1,000 feet of a school, in which case it becomes a Class 3 felony). Although many felony convictions can be sealed, patronizing a prostitute is not one of them. This kind of conviction must remain on your criminal record forever.
What About Charges of Patronizing a Prostitute?
If you were charged with patronizing a prostitute in the past, but those charges never led to a conviction, you can seal or expunge them from your criminal record. That means you can ask the court to clear your record so it won’t show up any more if:
- The police arrested you on suspicion of patronizing a prostitute but let you go without charging you
- The police arrested you on suspicion of patronizing a prostitute and you were charged with the crime in court, but the charges were later dropped
- You went to court over patronizing a prostitute charges, but your case was dismissed
- You went to court over patronizing a prostitute charges, but a judge or jury found you not guilty of a crime
Can You Seal Other Sex Offenses?
Most sex offenses must stay on your criminal record forever if you’ve been convicted. However, you can seal records that don’t involve convictions (like arrests, dropped charges, dismissed cases and findings of not guilty).
Related: Does domestic violence stay on your criminal record forever?
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Expunging or Sealing Your Criminal Record?
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