Does a Forcible Felony Stay on Your Record in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, some felony crimes are considered “forcible felonies.” These crimes, like most other convictions, cannot be expunged from your criminal record. Many of them cannot be sealed, either. This guide explains.

What is a Forcible Felony in Illinois?

Forcible felonies are crimes that typically involve violence, or that result in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another person. For example, homicide, criminal sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated battery can all be considered forcible felonies. In fact, even if a crime doesn’t have violent intent, it can be considered a forcible felony.

If you have a forcible felony on your criminal record, your options for criminal record clearing may be very limited. Your best bet is to talk to an expungement attorney in Chicago who can evaluate your case by looking at your criminal history report or RAP sheet.

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Can You Get Forcible Felonies Expunged From Your Record?

You can’t usually expunge any convictions from your criminal record. There are a few exceptions, such as certain nonviolent felonies. However, those can only be expunged in very limited circumstances. Your attorney can explain them to you.

If you were arrested for a crime but never charged, or if you were charged and the charges were later dropped, or if you were charged and found not guilty, regardless of the offense you were accused of committing, you can expunge that arrest and everything attached to it. However, convictions are another story.

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Can You Seal Forcible Felonies in Illinois?

Some forcible felonies may be eligible for criminal record sealing. Many have to stay on your criminal record, though. If you’re interested in criminal record clearing at all, whether it’s expungement or sealing, you should speak with an expungement and sealing attorney who can review your case for free.

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Your Criminal Record Clearing Options?

If you’ve been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime, you may be able to clear your record. Call us at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below to schedule your free consultation with an experienced attorney now.

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