How Long Do I Have to Wait to Expunge Criminal Records in Illinois?

Expunging your criminal record is the first step toward a new future – but can you clear your record right after you complete a sentence? How long do you have to wait to expunge criminal records?

Here’s what you need to know.

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How Long Do I Have to Wait to Expunge Criminal Records?

Not all criminal records that qualify for expungement can be cleared right away. In fact, you have to satisfy the waiting requirement for many offenses. Here’s a quick look at each:

Case Type

Waiting Period

Supervision for these types of cases:

Domestic battery

Criminal sexual abuse

Operation of an uninsured motor vehicle

Suspended registration for not having insurance

Display of a false insurance card

Scrap processor of vehicles: Failure to keep a record

5 years from the end of your last sentence
Completed 710 or 1410 First-Time Offender Probation for a drug offense 5 years from the end of your last sentence
Completed TASC probation or another type of qualified probation 5 years from the end of your last sentence
Registration under the Arson Registration Act You can file an expungement petition when you are no longer required to register
Registration under the Murderer and Violent Offense Against Youth Registry You can file an expungement petition when you are no longer required to register

If you’re not sure whether you’ve met the waiting period requirements, it may be a good idea to talk to an attorney and provide him with any of the case files you have.

Can I Expunge Arrest Records Right Away?

If you were arrested but the state of Illinois never charged you with a crime, you can petition for expungement right away.

Can I Expunge Cases Where the Charges Were Dropped Right Away?

You can file an expungement petition as soon as your charges are dropped.

Can I Expunge Cases Where I Was Found “Not Guilty” Right Away?

If you were found not guilty, you can file a petition for expungement immediately.

How Do I Get Help Expunging a Criminal Record?

You have a couple of choices when you want to expunge your criminal record. You can work with an attorney who will handle the whole process for you, or you can do it yourself. If you choose to expunge your own record, you can use a DIY expungement service that provides you with all the forms you need, as well as detailed written and video instructions on how to fill out and file your petition.

You can always call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case review. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions, so call us now.

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