Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation in early June, effectively giving a handful of Chicago adults a free pass on mistakes they made as minors. The new law automatically expunges juvenile arrest records in a limited number of cases, which can help young people move away from their past and toward a brighter future — one that doesn’t include a criminal record.
Having a criminal record can hold you back. It can prevent you from getting a job, finding a decent place to live, or even getting credit from a creditor. If you’re like many people, you want to know how to start a case to expunge or seal your record so that it can’t hold you back any longer.
Having a criminal record hanging over your head for the rest of your life doesn’t sound that great, does it? That record can prevent you from getting a job, finding a good place to live, or even from getting credit – so for most people, the best thing to do is explore expungement and criminal record sealing. But is getting your record expunged worth it?