If the police arrest you, do you have a criminal record? And if you do, will anyone ever see it? What can you do about it? Here’s what you need to know about arrests creating a criminal record.
Do Arrests Create a Criminal Record?
When the police arrest you, you get a criminal record. For many people, the arrest is the end of it – but for others, it’s just the beginning.
An arrest creates a criminal record. What happens after the arrest determines whether your criminal record gets longer.
If you’re released without being charged, the arrest still remains on your record. However, you’re eligible to immediately ask the court to expunge or seal the arrest so nobody can ever see it.
If you’re charged with a crime, the charges will also appear on your criminal record. Unless the charges are dropped, you’ll go to court. If the charges are dropped, they will still appear on your criminal record, but you are eligible to immediately ask the court to expunge or seal your record.
If you go to court and you’re found not guilty of the crime, the arrest, charges and verdict will appear on your criminal record. You’re eligible to immediately ask the court to expunge or seal your record.
If you go to court and you’re found guilty of the crime, the arrest, charges and guilty verdict will appear on your criminal record. Depending on the crime and the punishment for it, you may be eligible to ask the court to expunge or seal your record after your sentence is complete.
If you have an expunged criminal record in Illinois, you may be wondering what you need to tell potential employers about it. The good news is that the law does provide some guidance on this issue; the bad news is that there are still a lot of unanswered questions. We’re here to clear up some of the confusion.
What Do I Have to Tell Employers About My Expunged Criminal Record
If you have a criminal record, it can feel like you’re carrying that weight around with you everywhere you go. It can be hard to find a job, get into school, or even rent an apartment. You may feel like there’s no way out – but there is. Check out this Illinois expungement FAQ to get answers to some of the most common questions about clearing your record in our