Making a mistake that leads to a criminal record can change the trajectory of your life. However, in Illinois, there’s a glimmer of hope. With the possibility of expunging or sealing your record, you might be able to leave the past behind and pave a smoother path forward. But what do you need to know about this process? Let’s uncover the key facts together.5 Fast Facts About Expungement in Read More
If you’re like many people who want to have their criminal records expunged or sealed, you’ve already done a little research on it (and if not, don’t worry—you can talk to a criminal record expungement lawyer in Chicago right now by calling 847-920-4540).
You may already know that you need your criminal record before you can petition the court to expunge or seal your record… but if you’re like most people, you’re wondering, “How do I find my criminal record?”
How Do I Find My Criminal Record?
There are two ways you can get your hands on your criminal record. First, you can have your Chicago expungement lawyer conduct a criminal background check for you. He’ll be able to pull up your records, which can be incredibly tough to do on your own.
You can also get your own record, which is commonly called a “RAP sheet.” (That stands for record of arrests and prosecutions.)
If you live in Chicago, you’ll have to get your criminal record in person. You can go to the Chicago Police Department’s main office—it’s located at 3510 South Michigan Avenue—and be fingerprinted between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on a weekday (excluding holidays).
You won’t get your RAP sheet right away. You’ll have to wait about a week to pick it up with the receipt you receive when you’re originally fingerprinted.
If you weren’t arrested by Chicago PD or you have a record outside of Chicago, you’ll most likely have to work through the department that arrested you or the Illinois State Police.
Most people find that it’s best to work with a background check lawyer who can obtain their records quickly and more easily than they could alone.
Do You Want to Expunge or Seal Your Criminal Record?
We may be able to help you get the fresh start you deserve. Call us at 847-920-4540 or contact us online for a free case review. You can also find out whether you are eligible for expungement by answering a few quick questions; if you’re not eligible for expungement, you may still be eligible to have your criminal records sealed.