How to Expunge an Arrest Record

If you’re like many people in Illinois who have a RAP sheet, you’ve wondered how to expunge an arrest record.

Fortunately, many people who have arrest records are eligible to expunge them—it’s just a matter of knowing what to do, which forms to file, and where to file the petition. For that reason, most people choose to work with an Illinois expungement lawyer who understands the law and how it applies in different cases.

How to Expunge an Arrest Record in Chicago

Expungement isn’t a simple process, but many people choose to have an attorney walk them through it to ensure they get the best possible outcome.

The first thing you need to expunge your arrests is your complete criminal history. You can get a copy of your RAP sheet (that stands for record of arrests and prosecutions) from the agency that arrested you or you can have your attorney conduct a background check for you.

Once your lawyer has reviewed your record, he’ll determine whether you’re eligible for expungment or criminal record sealing. If you’re eligible, he’ll prepare and file all the documents necessary to clear your name. It’s important to know that each county and courthouse has its own procedures and forms.

What if the Court Won’t Let You Expunge Your Arrest Record?

The court doesn’t have to grant your request to expunge or seal your criminal record. If the state’s attorney objects to your expungement or sealing, your lawyer will be able to argue your case in front of a judge. (The law says you’re entitled to a hearing if the state’s attorney objects to wiping your slate clean.)

What Else Can You Expunge (Besides an Arrest Record)?

In some cases, if you were found guilty of a crime and placed on court supervision, and you successfully completed the term of supervision (and maintained a clean criminal record since then), you could be eligible for expungement or sealing.

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About How to Expunge Your Arrest Record?

If you’re thinking about expunging your arrest record, we may be able to help you.

Call us at 847-920-4540 for a free expungement case review today. We’ll look at your situation and start developing a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.