Category: Felonies

Do Felonies Go Away After 7 Years in Illinois?

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard the common myth that felonies fall off your criminal record after seven years. It’s not true, which this guide explains.

Do Felonies Go Away After 7 Years in Illinois?

Through to a popular myth that has been circulating for decades, felonies don’t disappear off your criminal record after seven years. In fact, they never disappear off your criminal record unless you take steps Read More

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Can You Remove a Felony From Your Record in Illinois?

If you have a felony on your criminal record, you probably don’t want it following you around for the rest of your life – but is it possible to clear it in Illinois? This guide explains.

Can You Remove a Felony From Your Record in Illinois?

In some cases, it’s possible to remove a felony from your criminal record in Illinois. However, it’s not always an easy process – and 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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Does a Forcible Felony Stay on Your Record in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, some felony crimes are considered “forcible felonies.” These crimes, like most other convictions, cannot be expunged from your criminal record. Many of them cannot be sealed, either. This guide explains.

What is a Forcible Felony in Illinois?

Forcible felonies are crimes that typically involve violence, or that result in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another person. For example, homicide, criminal sexual Read More

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Will a Drunk Driving Conviction Show Up On a Background Check?

If you’ve ever been convicted of drunk driving – or, for that matter, if you’ve ever been arrested for drunk driving (even if you weren’t convicted) – it’ll show up on your criminal record. That means it’ll also show up on a background check. Here’s what you need to know.

Will a Drunk Driving Conviction Show Up On a Background Check?

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What Class 4 Felonies Can You Seal in Illinois?

If you’re like many people with felony criminal histories, you’re looking for a fresh start – you’re sick of your criminal record hanging over your head. Fortunately, Illinois law allows you to seal some Class 4 felonies. Although sealing is different from expungement, it has almost the same effect: Your criminal record will no longer be available to the general public, and it won’t come up in standard criminal background Read More

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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

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What Crimes Can Be Expunged in Illinois?

Not all crimes qualify for expungement in Illinois – in fact, there are some things that have to stay on your criminal record forever. However, in some cases, offenses that don’t qualify for expungement still qualify for sealing. But what crimes can be expunged in Illinois? Here’s what you need to know.

What Crimes Can Be Expunged in Illinois?

The list of crimes that can be expunged in Illinois is Read More

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Can You Own a Gun if You Expunge Your Record in Illinois?

If you’re like many people, you’ve been thinking a lot about self-defense lately – but can you own a gun if you expunge your record in Illinois? Here’s what you need to know.

Can You Own a Gun if You Expunge Your Record in Illinois?

Criminal record expungement essentially erases your record. It literally disappears, because when a judge agrees to your expungement petition, the agencies that have copies of Read More

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