Category: Background Checks

Can Violent Crimes Be Sealed in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, there are some crimes that must remain on your criminal record forever. But what about violent crimes? Can they be sealed? This guide explains.

Can Violent Crimes Be Sealed in Illinois?

Many violent crimes must remain on your criminal record forever, which means they will turn up in background checks. However, some types of forcible felonies – a term that includes some violent crimes – Read More

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Can You Look Up Expunged Records?

Who can see expunged records in the state of Illinois? Is it possible to look them up? This guide explains.

Can You Look Up Expunged Records?

In the state of Illinois, an expunged record is completely clear. Anything that a person may have done in the past has been erased. That’s how expungement works; when a court orders and expungement, the order directs all agencies that have copies of the Read More

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Can Arson Be Expunged From Your Record in Illinois?

Is it possible to expunge arson from your criminal record in the state of Illinois? Find out now.

Can Arson Be Expunged From Your Record in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, it’s possible to expunge some offenses from your criminal record. Expungement means that your record is erased; in real life, it means that the agencies that have copies of your criminal record must destroy it or return it Read More

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Do Expunged Records Show Up on a Fingerprint Background Check?

If you’re like many people with a criminal record, you know that expungement will permanently clear that record. You probably also know that criminal record sealing is a very similar process. But will expunged records show up on an FBI fingerprint background check? This guide explains.

Do Expunged Records Show Up on a Fingerprint Background Check?

When your criminal record is expunged, it ceases to exist. The agencies that have Read More

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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.

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Will a Domestic Violence Conviction Show Up on a Background Check?

If you’re like many people with a criminal record, you want to know what will show up if someone – like a landlord, an employer, your school or even a creditor – does a background check on you. But let’s get specific: Will a domestic violence conviction show up on a background check? This guide explains.

Will a Domestic Violence Conviction Show Up on a Background Check?

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What Are the Abbreviations on an Illinois RAP Sheet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re like many people in the process of expunging or sealing your criminal record, or if you’re simply looking at a copy of your own arrest record, you’re probably wondering what all the abbreviations and acronyms mean. This guide explains the abbreviations on an Illinois RAP sheet so you know what you’re dealing with.

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How to Get Copies of Your Criminal Records in Illinois

If you’re like many people considering expungement or sealing in Illinois, you know you need to have a complete copy of your criminal records – but where do you get them? This guide explains.

How to Get Copies of Your Criminal Records in Illinois

You can get your criminal records from the Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department, the police agency that arrested you, or the Illinois Circuit Court. Read More

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Does Your Criminal Record Clear After 7 Years?

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard the popular myth that your criminal record clears after seven years.

But it’s just that: A myth.

Does Your Criminal Record Clear After 7 Years?

When you have a criminal record, it lasts forever unless you take action and work through official channels to clear it. There’s no seven-year “dropoff” period in which a criminal record is erased.

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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 Read More

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