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.
The basic idea behind expungement in Illinois is to give people with a criminal record a fresh start. This process, also known as record clearing or expungement, involves having your criminal records sealed. When your records are sealed, the court order restricts public access and prevents employers, landlords, and other third parties from seeing them.
In Illinois, expungement of criminal records is regulated by the Criminal Identification Act (20
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