Category: Expungement

What is a Conviction for Expungement Purposes?

You may have heard that – with very few exceptions – you can’t expunge a conviction from your criminal record in Illinois. That’s true, but what is a conviction for expungement purposes? This guide explains.

What is a Conviction for Expungement Purposes?

A conviction is a finding of guilt that results in incarceration (jail or prison), probation, a conditional discharge, fine, or time served. If the court finds you guilty,

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How Long Does an Expungement Take in Illinois?

If you’re like many people, you’ve decided that you need a fresh start through criminal record expungement – but how long does an expungement take in Illinois, and what will you be required to provide? This guide explains.

How Long Does an Expungement Take in Illinois?

In Illinois, expungement takes at least a few months. That’s because the state of Illinois and its agencies – such as the Illinois State

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Is It Worth Getting Your Record Expunged?

If you’re like most people, you’ve heard of criminal record expungement – but is it really worth the effort, time and money?

For most people, yes. It’s worth getting a record expunged. This guide explains why.

Is It Worth Getting Your Record Expunged?

Expungement is a valuable tool that you can use to give yourself a fresh start. In the state of Illinois, expungement completely clears your criminal record –

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What to Do if Someone Objects to Your Expungement

When you get your criminal record expunged in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, interested parties – such as the Illinois State Police, the state’s attorney and others – have the chance to object to your expungement. If someone does, here’s what you need to know.

What to Do if Someone Objects to Your Expungement

First things first: There are several reasons an interested party may object to your expungement. However,

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Can Anyone Object to My Expungement Petition?

It’s possible for an agency or an entity to object to your expungement in Illinois – and that objection can prevent the judge assigned to your case from granting your petition. Here’s what you need to know.

Can Anyone Object to My Expungement Petition?

Police departments, prosecutors and other entities that you listed on your Notice of Filing for Expungement and/or Sealing will have an opportunity to give their opinion

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Do I Have to Go to Court for an Expungement?

In many cases, you don’t need to go to court for an expungement in Illinois – but there are some instances that require your appearance. This guide explains.

Do I Have to Go to Court for an Expungement in Illinois?

Sometimes filing a petition is enough – you simply wait for your paperwork to make it through the system and for the judge to make a decision on clearing your

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How to Prepare for Court for an Expungement in Illinois

Many people don’t have to go to court to expunge their criminal records in Illinois – but if you do, your attorney will let you know. Although your attorney will represent you at your hearing, this guide explains how to prepare for court for your expungement in Illinois (if you’re required to go).

How to Prepare for Court for an Expungement in Illinois

You and your attorney will work together

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What Happens After a Judge Grants Your Expungement Petition in Illinois?

Expunging a criminal record can take several months – and even after a judge approves your petition, you may have to wait a bit before the expungement takes effect. This guide explains what happens after a judge grants your expungement petition in Illinois.

What Happens After a Judge Grants Your Expungement Petition in Illinois?

If the judge in your case approves your request for expungement, the circuit clerk will send

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The 3 Ways to File for Expungement or Sealing in Illinois

If you choose to file your own expungement or sealing documents in Illinois, you can expect quite a bit of work on your part. This guide explains the three ways to file for your own expungement or sealing in the state of Illinois – as well as an easier alternative.

The 3 Ways to File for Expungement or Sealing in Illinois

To file your expungement or sealing petition with the

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