Category: Arrests

When is Your Criminal Record Created in Illinois?

If you’re like many people in Illinois, you have a criminal record – but you may not even know it. So when is a criminal record created in Illinois, and what goes on it?

Here’s what you need to know.

When is Your Criminal Record Created in Illinois?

Your criminal record starts the minute you’re arrested or charged with an offense. Even if you’re released without being charged, or even

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Expungement FAQ

If you’re like many people, you’ve considered having your criminal record expunged – but what is expungement, and could it be the right choice for you? Check out this Illinois expungement FAQ to learn more, and if you don’t see the answers to your questions here, call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case review with an experienced attorney now.

Expungement FAQ

Some of the most common questions we hear

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How to Expunge Arrest Records in Illinois

Having a criminal record can prevent you from getting a job, finding a place to live, or even obtaining credit – but is there anything you can do about it? What if you were simply arrested and never charged, or if you were found not guilty of a crime?

Illinois law allows you to expunge those types of records. Here’s what you need to know.

Expunging Arrest Records in Illinois
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Do I Have a Criminal Record if My Case Was Dismissed?

Do I have a criminal record if my case was dismissed?

Yes, you do!

Here’s what you need to know.

Do I Have a Criminal Record if My Case Was Dismissed?

A lot of people are surprised to find out that they have a criminal record after having a case dismissed. That’s because the police and the court system both keep track of every case that comes through their files

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Do Arrests Show Up on Criminal History Reports in Illinois?

If you’re like many people, you want to know if arrests show up on your criminal history in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois.

The short answer is yes, they do – but there is something you can do about it.

Do Arrests Show Up on Criminal History Reports in Illinois?

If you’ve ever been arrested, you have a criminal record. Each arrest stays on your criminal history indefinitely – unless

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Do Arrest Records Show Up on a Criminal Background Check?

If you’re like most people, you want to know if arrest records show up on a criminal background check – especially if you’re applying for a job or looking for a place to live.

The answer is yes. In many cases, arrest records will show up on your criminal background check. That’s true even if you weren’t convicted of a crime (and that’s a really good reason to call a

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Expunge Your Arrest Record: What You Need to Know

If you’ve been turned down for employment, a place to live, or even a loan, your arrest record may be to blame—but the good news is that you may be eligible for arrest record expungement.

How to Expunge Your Arrest Record

Many people choose to work with a Chicago expungement attorney when they’re in a situation similar to yours. Expunging your arrest record isn’t a simple process, and it doesn’t

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How to Expunge an Arrest Record

If you’re like many people in Illinois who have a RAP sheet, you’ve wondered how to expunge an arrest record.

Fortunately, many people who have arrest records are eligible to expunge them—it’s just a matter of knowing what to do, which forms to file, and where to file the petition. For that reason, most people choose to work with an Illinois expungement lawyer who understands the law and how it

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What is the ICIA?

The Illinois Criminal Identification Act, or ICIA, allows some people to expunge or seal their criminal records in the state of Illinois. But what is it, and how do you go about clearing your name using this act?

What is the Illinois Criminal Identification Act?

Qualifying arrests, supervisions, and some misdemeanors and felonies can be expunged or sealed from your criminal record thanks to the Illinois Criminal Identification Act. While

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How to Find Your Cook County Arrest Record

If you live in Chicago and you’re ready to have your criminal record expunged so you can get the fresh start you deserve, you’re most likely going to need your Cook County arrest record.

But what is your arrest record, and where do you get it?

What is a Cook County Arrest Record?

In Cook County, your arrest record is known as your “RAP” sheet. (It’s your “Record of Arrests

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