In many cases, you don’t need to go to court for an expungement in Illinois – but there are some instances that require your appearance. This guide explains.
Do I Have to Go to Court for an Expungement in Illinois?
Sometimes filing a petition is enough – you simply wait for your paperwork to make it through the system and for the judge to make a decision on clearing your criminal record. However, in some cases, people are required to appear in court to expunge a criminal record in Illinois.
Some counties schedule a court date immediately. However, others only schedule hearings if one of the agencies interested in your expungement objects to your request.
Interested parties – such as the Illinois State Police, the agency that arrested you, or the prosecutor – have a chance to object to your petition for expungement. If that happens, you may be entitled to a court hearing.
Your attorney can represent you at this hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to allow you to show the court that you do deserve a fresh start.
What if I Do Have to Go to Court for an Expungement?
If you do have to go to court to expunge your record, your attorney can prepare you for your appearance. Your lawyer will walk you through what’s likely to happen while you’re there, as well as answer your questions about anything related to the process (even what to wear if you’re not sure).
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What is a Conviction for Expungement Purposes?
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If you were found not guilty of a crime, you still have a criminal record. In fact, you still have a criminal record even if you were arrested and never charged with a crime. But do you need expungement if you were found not guilty or if you were arrested and never charged? This guide helps you decide.
Do You Need Expungement if You Were Found Not Guilty of a
If you’re like many people, you’ve decided that you need a fresh start through criminal record expungement – but how long does an expungement take in Illinois, and what will you be required to provide? This guide explains.
How Long Does an Expungement Take in Illinois?
In Illinois, expungement takes at least a few months. That’s because the state of Illinois and its agencies – such as the Illinois State