Category: Criminal Records

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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Can You Expunge Criminal Charges in Illinois?

If you’re like many people in Illinois, you have criminal charges on your record – but can you expunge criminal charges in Illinois? What if you were found not guilty, and what if you were convicted of a crime? This guide explains. 

Can You Expunge Criminal Charges in Illinois?

You can expunge criminal charges in Illinois – but only if you were not convicted of the crime. That means you Read More

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What if You Have Criminal Records in More Than One County in Illinois?

If you’re like many people, you have a criminal history – and your history may include arrests, dropped charges, findings of not guilty or even convictions. In many cases, people are able to clear their criminal records through expungement or sealing. But what if you have criminal records in more than one county in Illinois? 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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Can You Join the Army With a Criminal Record?

If you’re like many people, you’d like to join the Army – after all, who wouldn’t want benefits and a steady paycheck?

But what if you have a criminal record? Will they even let you in?

This guide explains. 

You may be able to join the U.S. Army with a criminal record – but whether they’ll let you in depends on several factors. First, the severity of the crime matters Read More

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Does a “Not Guilty” Verdict Go On Your Criminal Record?

If you’re tried for a crime and found not guilty, will it appear on your record? If it does, is there anything you can do to remove it? Here’s what you need to know about whether a not guilty verdict will go on your criminal record.

Does a “Not Guilty” Verdict Go On Your Criminal Record?

A not guilty verdict does appear on your criminal record. It’s right there with Read More

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Do I Have a Criminal Record if My Charges Were Dropped?

If you have ever been arrested, you have a criminal record – even if the state of Illinois dropped the charges against you. Here’s what you need to know. 

Do I Have a Criminal Record if My Charges Were Dropped?

As soon as someone is arrested and brought to jail, their information is entered into the police database. (On TV, they call it “booking” someone.) When your information goes into Read More

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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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