Do I have a criminal record?
If you’re like many people in Chicago and the surrounding communities, you’ve asked yourself that question—especially if you’re applying for a new job, looking for a place to live, or trying to secure credit.
Have You Asked, “Do I Have a Criminal Record”?
Many people are surprised to learn that they do, in fact, have criminal records. You don’t have to be charged with and convicted of a crime in order to have a blemished record.
If you’ve ever been arrested, you do have a criminal record.
What’s most unfortunate is that if you do have a criminal record, people who check—employers, landlords, and even credit agencies—can see it. Having a criminal record can even cause you to miss out on opportunities that you could use to better your life, including educational opportunities, jobs, and so much more.
How Do I Check My Criminal Record?
You can work with a Chicago expungement lawyer who can conduct a criminal background check for you. If you have the time and the patience, you can also find your criminal record in Chicago (or elsewhere) yourself.
Once you get a copy of it, you can begin the process of expunging or sealing your criminal record from public view. For many people, it’s a good idea to work with an attorney; the process can be somewhat complicated (and time-consuming). IIf the state’s attorney objects to your expungement or sealing, your lawyer can argue on your behalf and make your case before the judge.
Do You Need to Talk to a Chicago Expungement Lawyer?
If you’re like many people in Chicago who want to check and seal or expunge your criminal record, call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case evaluation. We’ll look at the circumstances of your case, and if necessary, we’ll run a criminal background check. The sooner you call us, the sooner we’ll be able to get to work on your case—and help you get the fresh start you deserve.