Obtain your entire criminal background: If you have ever been arrested, you have a record. Even if an arrest did not result in a conviction, you still have an arrest record. Our office will gather information on all cases, including the arresting agency, county, date of arrest, dismissal date, sentence, and if the sentence was completed satisfactorily.
Eligibility Determination: Once we have reviewed your entire record, we will determine whether you are eligible to expunge or seal your record, or whether you must seek a Governor’s pardon. We will also prepare and file all the necessary documents with the court. Each county and courthouse has its own procedures, including petitions, filing periods, and fees.
Court Hearing: Even if you are eligible to expunge or seal your record the Court is not required to grant the expungement or sealing. Some counties require a hearing before the judge will order your record expunged or sealed, while other counties do not require a hearing. If required by the Court, Attorney Matt Fakhoury will represent you at your hearing and provide a compelling argument for the granting of your expungement or sealing.
State’s Objection: The State’s Attorney may object to your petition for expungement or sealing. If there is an objection, you are entitled to a hearing before a judge. Attorney Matt Fakhoury, a former Cook County Expungement Prosecutor, will appear at your hearing and provide a solid defense in support of your expungement or sealing.