If you’re like many people, you want to know if you can expunge a misdemeanor in Illinois – and the answer is yes, but only if you meet certain conditions. Even if you don’t qualify for criminal record expungement, you may still qualify for criminal record sealing.
Expunge a Misdemeanor in Illinois: What You Need to Know
Only a handful of misdemeanors can be expunged from your record, and only if you meet certain conditions. If you were placed on supervision and you successfully completed that supervision for one of the following misdemeanors, you might qualify for expungement (but you’ll still need to talk to a Chicago expungement attorney to find out for sure):
Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
Suspended Registration for Noninsurance
Displaying of False Insurance
Failure of Scrap Dealer to Keep Records
Something other than what’s listed here, but you were placed on court supervision for it and you successfully completed supervision
Something other than what’s listed here, but you were placed on Section 710, Section 410 or Section 70 probation for it and you successfully completed probation
If you were placed on “2nd Chance Probation” for one of the following offenses and it’s been at least 5 years since you completed probation, your misdemeanor might qualify for expungement:
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Possession of Methamphetamine
Theft (from a school, place of worship or government property)
Criminal Damage to Property
Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property
You still have to meet additional conditions in order to expunge these misdemeanors, though, which means it’s best to talk to an attorney about your specific situation.
Having a criminal record can prevent you from getting a job, finding a place to live, or even obtaining credit – but is there anything you can do about it? What if you were simply arrested and never charged, or if you were found not guilty of a crime?
Illinois law allows you to expunge those types of records. Here’s what you need to know.