How Do I Get an Expunged Record in Illinois?

If you’re like most people, you’ve heard stories about people who have had their criminal records expunged… and you wonder if it could work for you, too.

Recent changes to the Illinois Criminal Identification Act could make it easier for you to get your criminal record expunged. In fact, many people are eligible for expungement without even realizing it.

How Do I Get an Expunged Record in Illinois?

Many people choose to work with a Chicago expungement lawyer to clear their criminal records. In many cases, it’s easier to work with an attorney; your lawyer knows where and how to file petitions with the court to begin the criminal record clearing process.

Steps to Expunging Your Criminal Record

You’ll need to obtain your entire criminal background history. If you’ve ever been arrested, you do have a criminal record—even if it didn’t result in a conviction.

Many people choose to have their attorney conduct a background check instead of obtaining their own records (see “How Do I Find My Criminal Record in Chicago” for information on how you can get a copy of your own RAP sheet).

Your expungement lawyer will look over your record and see if you’re eligible for expungement, and if you are, he’ll put together the necessary document. (If you’re not eligible for expungement, you could still qualify for criminal record sealing in Chicago.)

You may need to attend a court hearing, but your lawyer can represent you at that time. If the state’s attorney objects, your lawyer will provide the appropriate defense.

Stop Wondering, “How Do I Get an Expunged Record in Illinois?” And Take Action!

If you think you might be eligible for criminal record expungement or criminal record sealing, call us at 847-920-4540 for a free criminal record clearing review. We’ll start working on your case immediately if you’re eligible.