How can I get my criminal record expunged?
If you’re like most people who have a criminal history – even just an arrest – you’ve asked this question before. We hear it a lot, so here’s what you need to know.
Read What Does it Mean to Expunge a Criminal Record? to learn more about expungement in Illinois.
How Can I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?
For most people, it makes sense to work with a Chicago criminal record expungement lawyer. Your attorney can handle all the paperwork so you don’t have to worry about a thing – you just have to wait for a judge’s decision on your case.
But it all starts with getting copies of your criminal record. You need everything, from arrest records to court documents showing the dispositions of each of your cases. If you don’t have it all, don’t worry. Your attorney may be able to conduct a complete background check for you to get the information he needs.
Read Where to Get Copies of Your Criminal Record in Chicago or the CPD website for more information.
Once you have your complete criminal history, your attorney can begin the process of asking the courts to expunge your record. He’ll create a special petition for the court, which he must then share with the state’s attorney.
The state’s attorney will have a chance to object to your petition. That sometimes happens when someone has a long criminal record, or for other reasons, such as specific types of crimes showing up on the record. If the state’s attorney does object to your petition, you might be entitled to a hearing – and your lawyer will be there to represent you. He’ll present supporting evidence that shows why you deserve a fresh start through criminal record expungement.
Once you’re past that stage, your petition goes to a judge. The judge makes the final decision on whether to clear your record or leave it as-is. If the judge decides to expunge your record, the order will be sent to the Illinois State Police and the agency that arrested you – that way, those agencies know to erase your record.
Expungement isn’t a fast process. In some cases, it can take several months. That’s why many people find it helpful to work with an attorney who can keep them updated, file additional paperwork, and represent them at hearings.
Find Out How We Can Help You Get Your Criminal Record Expunged
Not everyone is eligible for expungement – some people don’t qualify because of the nature of the crimes that show up in their criminal histories. However, if you are eligible, we may be able to help you.
Find out if you’re eligible for criminal record expungement now.
Call us right now at 847-920-4540 for a free case review. You’ll talk to an experienced expungement lawyer who understands what you’re going through and who will work hard to get you the fresh start you deserve.