When you’re looking to leave your past legal troubles behind, you’ll encounter two key options: expungement and sealing. Both can significantly impact your future, but in different ways. Understanding which path is more beneficial for your unique situation is crucial as you seek to clear your name and move forward. This guide will help you understand the differences between expungement and sealing, and how each one can shape your future. Read More
If you’re like many people who are trying to expunge a criminal record, you’re wondering where to begin – and it all starts with your Chicago arrest records.
What Are Chicago Arrest Records?
In Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois, arrest records are written documentation that shows an individual’s criminal history. They’re typically kept on file with law enforcement agencies and courts, and they’re usually called rap sheets or criminal histories.
What’s On a Chicago Arrest Record?
Each person’s arrest record is unique because it includes personally identifying data, such as:
- Classification of the alleged crime
- Conviction information (if convicted)
- Information on monetary restitution, fines or other fees
- Information on incarceration
- Whether there is pending litigation
Some arrest records include whether a person has served in the military and whether they’ve received an honorable or dishonorable discharge.
Where Do You Get Chicago Arrest Records?
You can ask your expungement lawyer to conduct a criminal background check to find all of your arrest records. If you would prefer to get your Chicago arrest records yourself, you can visit the arresting agency or the Cook County Court to ask for a copy of your record.
The Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court is located at 2560 South California Avenue in Room 526.
Giving Your Chicago Arrest Records to Your Expungement Lawyer
If you get your own arrest records, give them to your attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will need all of your records – even if you’re not trying to expunge or seal some things – so it’s important that you’re thorough. If you’re not sure you can be completely thorough, it’s a good idea to as your attorney to find all your criminal records.
The sooner your lawyer has your records, the sooner he can begin working on your case. In the event that the state’s attorney objects to your petition for expungement, your lawyer can argue on your behalf.
Call an Expungement Lawyer Now
Whether you already have your arrest records or you need us to obtain them, we’ll be happy to look over your case and help you if you qualify for expungement. (If you don’t qualify for expungement, you may still be eligible to have your criminal records sealed.)
Call us at 847-920-4540 or get in touch with us online. We’ll start evaluating your case right away.