If you are like many people have been convicted of a Class 3 or Class 4 felony, you may be wondering whether you qualify to have your criminal records sealed from public view.
The good news is that certain Class 3 and Class 4 felonies are eligible for criminal record sealing. However, every case is different – and that means it’s a good idea to talk to a Chicago expungement and sealing attorney who can evaluate your situation and point you in the right direction.
Which Class 3 and Class 4 Felonies Can Be Sealed Through the Court?
A number of felonies can be sealed through the court system. Others may be sealable through the Prison Review Board, so it’s a good idea to ask your lawyer whether your convictions are eligible.
Some of the Class 3 and Class 4 felonies eligible for sealing through the court system include:
- Deceptive practices
- Possession of burglary tools
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance
- Retail theft
The Illinois Background Check
In order to have an accurate picture of your entire criminal record, which can affect your ability to get certain convictions sealed, your attorney will probably need to conduct an Illinois criminal background check for you. Naturally, you are welcome to get your own records. However, the process can be time consuming and require you to travel through different jurisdictions to obtain your records.
Do You Want Your Criminal Record Sealed?
It’s no secret that employers, landlords and others look at criminal records and make judgments about who you are as a person – even if your criminal record is old and contains things that you did when you were little more than a child.
If you’d like more information about sealing your criminal record in Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg or Skokie, call us at 847-920-4540 or get in touch with us online. We may be able to help you get the fresh start you deserve.