If you’re thinking about joining the military, criminal record expungement might be your main priority – most branches of the U.S. Armed Forces won’t accept people who have significant criminal records. And while there are some crimes you can never expunge, you may be able to clear your record so you can start your military career with a clean slate. Here’s what you need to know.Military Criminal Record Expungement:
If you’ve been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces – any branch, including the reserve components – you may be able to petition the Illinois Prisoner Review Board for a certificate of eligibility for expungement.
There are exceptions, though, so this may not apply to you.
Which Veterans Can Apply for a Certificate of Expungement?
However, you cannot apply for a Certificate of Expungement for Military if you have been convicted of:
- Sex offenses
- Violent crimes
- Domestic violence (including aggravated assault, violation of orders of protection, domestic battery, aggravated battery and aggravated domestic battery
- Gun crimes
In order to successfully apply for this type of expungement eligibility, you’ll need to prove your service with your DD 214. If you don’t have a copy of your DD 214, you can get a free one from the National Archives Veterans’ Records Service. You can use the government’s eVetRecs system to request a copy online or you may request one by mail.
How to Expunge Your Criminal Record When You’re a Veteran
Many veterans find that it’s helpful to work with a Chicago expungement lawyer who can handle every aspect of the expungement process.
Provide your lawyer with a copy of your DD 214; he’ll need it to prove your service to the court and ensure that you’re qualified to receive a Certificate of Expungement for Military. Give your attorney a copy of your criminal record, as well.
The Illinois Prisoner Review Board will be able to evaluate your situation. They can decide to grant or deny your petition; they can also request that you attend a public hearing in Chicago.
If you’re denied, you must wait 4 years before you file again. You must also wait 4 years before you file for an Executive Clemency or Certificate of Sealing unless the Chairman of the Board grants you a waiver.
Are You a Veteran Who Needs to Expunge a Criminal Record?
If you’re a veteran who wants to expunge a criminal record, call us at 847-920-4540 or get in touch with us online. We may be able to help you clear your record and get the fresh start that you deserve.