Category: Criminal Records

Can You Expunge a Violation of an Order of Protection in Illinois?

If you’re like many people, you’ve made mistakes in the past. Sometimes, it’s possible to apply for criminal record expungement or sealing – both of which help you get a fresh start. But Is it possible to expunge or seal a violation of an order of protection in Illinois? This guide explains.

Can You Expunge a Violation of an Order of Protection in Illinois?

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Does a Criminal Record Stay With You Forever?

If you’re convicted of a crime, does it stay on your record forever? Here’s what you need to know.

Does a Criminal Record Stay With You Forever?

When you’re convicted of a crime, you get a criminal record. But how long does it stay with you, and can it come back to haunt you in the future?

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How Far Back Does a Background Check Go?

If you’re applying for a job, trying to get credit, or applying for an apartment or house, you’re most likely wondering how far back a background check can go. This guide explains.

How Far Back Does a Background Check Go?

In the state of Illinois, someone can check your criminal history as far back as they want. If they’d like to look back 20, 30 or even 70 years, they Read More

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How Long Does it Take to Seal a Criminal Record in Illinois?

If you’re thinking about sealing your criminal record in Illinois, you’re probably wondering how long it’ll take. This guide explains.

How Long Does it Take to Seal a Criminal Record in Illinois?

Usually, it takes between 4 and 6 months to seal a criminal record in Illinois. But there’s no hard-and-fast rule that says a criminal record sealing case has to make its way through the court system in a Read More

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What Do I Have to Tell Employers About My Expunged Criminal Record in Illinois?

If you have an expunged criminal record in Illinois, you may be wondering what you need to tell potential employers about it. The good news is that the law does provide some guidance on this issue; the bad news is that there are still a lot of unanswered questions. We’re here to clear up some of the confusion.

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Illinois Expungement FAQ

If you have a criminal record, it can feel like you’re carrying that weight around with you everywhere you go. It can be hard to find a job, get into school, or even rent an apartment. You may feel like there’s no way out – but there is. Check out this Illinois expungement FAQ to get answers to some of the most common questions about clearing your record in our Read More

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Can You Work for the Government if You Have a Criminal Record?

If you’re like many people, you’re not sure whether you can work for the federal or state government if you have a criminal record. This guide explains.

Can You Work for the Government if You Have a Criminal Record?

It is absolutely possible to work for the federal or state government when you have a criminal record. Generally, the fact that you have completed a sentence and paid your dues Read More

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Can You Get a Government Security Clearance With a Criminal Record?

If you’re like many people who want to work for the United States government, you may need a security clearance – but can you get one with a criminal record? This guide explains.

Can You Get a Government Security Clearance With a Criminal Record?

The U.S. government grants security clearances based on how trustworthy it believes a person is. investigators working for the government delve into your past as an Read More

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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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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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