How Do I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?

If you’ve ever wondered how to get your criminal record expunged, you’re not alone. Thousands of people in Chicago, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie (and all the surrounding communities, as well) have wondered the same thing.

But is it an easy process? And if it is, where do you begin?

How Do I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?

If you’re eligible for expungement (not everyone is; see “Am I Eligible for Expungement?” to answer a few questions and determine your possible eligibility), you may want to work with a Chicago expungement lawyer who knows the ropes. Your attorney can even complete a criminal background check so you don’t have to run all over the county finding the components of your record. (Each county in this area, including Cook, DuPage, Lake, and Will, has its own requirements.)

Once you (or your lawyer) has your entire criminal background, you can begin the process of clearing your record.

Typically, your attorney will file the appropriate petition with the right court to ask the judge if he or she will destroy your criminal record. In some cases, your lawyer will simply ask for your record to be sealed, which is often an avenue available to people who don’t qualify for expungement.

If the State’s Attorney Objects to Your Expungement or Sealing

The state’s attorney may object to expunging or sealing your criminal record. The state’s attorney usually says why he or she objects; it could be because you have a long criminal record or that you committed certain types of crimes. You could be entitled to a hearing if the state’s attorney objects to your petition.

If that happens, your lawyer will represent you in court and argue on your behalf, explaining to the judge that you deserve a fresh start.

If the judge approves your petition for expungement or sealing, the order will be sent to the Illinois State Police and the agency that arrested you.

Talk to an Expungement and Sealing Lawyer in Chicago Now

If you’re ready to discuss getting the fresh start you deserve, call us at 847-920-4540 for a free expungement case review. We’ll start evaluating your case immediately.