Category: Sealing

Do Dropped Charges Show Up on Your Criminal Record?

Many people are surprised to discover that they have criminal records – and those records can be due to simple things such as arrests and picking up criminal charges. But if the state drops its charges against you, will you still have a record? This guide explains.

Do Dropped Charges Show Up on Your Criminal Record?

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How Soon Should You Clear Your Criminal Record Before You Look for a Job?

It’s no secret that many employers running criminal background checks on the people they’re considering hiring. In fact, it’s generally considered good business to find out as much as you can about a person before you make a hiring decision. But for some prospective employees, that’s bad news. If you have a criminal record, you may not want employers digging into your past; you’re trying to get a fresh start, Read More

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What Happens When a Landlord Sees Your Criminal Record?

If you’re like many people, you don’t want a prospective landlord to see that you have a criminal record – even if you’ve only been arrested but never charged with a crime (or even if you were charged, but you were never convicted). There’s a good reason many people are concerned about a prospective landlord seeing a criminal record, too; the record may influence the landlord to pass up your Read More

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What Information Do You Need to Expunge or Seal Your Criminal Record?

If you want to expunge or seal your criminal record, you need specific information from your criminal record. This guide explains what information is necessary and how to get it.

What Information Do You Need to Expunge or Seal Your Criminal Record?

To expunge or seal your criminal record, you need to get certain information, including your:

  • Arrest date
  • The police department that arrested you
  • Offense that caused your arrest
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Can USCIS See Sealed Criminal Records?

If you have a criminal record, you may be wondering if U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can see it. This guide explains what happens when you seal your criminal record and whether USCIS is able to view it.

Can USCIS See Sealed Criminal Records?

USCIS can see sealed criminal records. Sealing only prevents members of the general public, including employers and landlords, from seeing criminal records. USCIS can use Read More

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Can All Criminal Records Be Expunged or Sealed in Illinois?

If you’re like many people, you have an Illinois criminal record following you around – but is it possible to erase or seal some (or all) of your record? This guide explains.

Can All Criminal Records Be Expunged or Sealed in Illinois?

Not all criminal records can be expunged or sealed in Illinois. In fact, some convictions have to remain on your record forever. For example, if you were ever Read More

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Can You Seal a DUI Arrest in Chicago?

If you’re like many people, you know that in the state of Illinois, it’s sometimes possible to expunge or seal a criminal record. But what about a DUI arrest? Is it possible to clear that from your criminal record? This guide explains.

Can You Seal a DUI Arrest in Chicago?

If you were arrested for DUI in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, but your arrest never led to a conviction, Read More

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Can Employers See Sealed Records?

If you have a criminal record, you may be wondering whether your employer (or a prospective employer) can see it. This guide explains.

Can Employers See Sealed Records?

For the most part, employers can’t see sealed records. In fact, most people can’t see them. That means if someone runs an average background check to learn more about you, your criminal record won’t show up. However, there’s a catch: Anyone who Read More

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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?

The fact is that even when you’re arrested, you get a criminal record. 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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