Does a “Not Guilty” Verdict Go On Your Criminal Record?

If you’re tried for a crime and found not guilty, will it appear on your record? If it does, is there anything you can do to remove it? Here’s what you need to know about whether a not guilty verdict will go on your criminal record.

Does a “Not Guilty” Verdict Go On Your Criminal Record?

A not guilty verdict does appear on your criminal record. It’s right there with your original arrest and the charges the state levied against you. 

And even though you’re not guilty of committing the crime, you have a criminal record – unless you choose to do something about it.

Related: How long does expungement take in Illinois?

How to Erase Your Criminal Record After a Not Guilty Verdict

The only way to erase your criminal record in Illinois, even if you’re found not guilty of a crime, is through criminal record expungement. Expungement is a legal process that formally asks a judge to wipe your slate clean. If the judge agrees that you deserve a clear criminal record, they’ll order all the agencies that have a copy of your record to destroy it or return it to you. After that’s done, it’s like nothing ever happened – and you never even have to tell anyone you were arrested or tried for a crime.

Related: What is a conviction for expungement purposes?

The alternative to erasing your criminal record is sealing it. You can ask the judge to hide your record from public view, which means most people won’t ever see it. However, it’ll still be available to people who conduct fingerprint-based background checks and some others (such as police and those working in an official capacity within the criminal justice system). 

Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Expunging or Sealing Your Criminal Record?

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