If you’re like many people, you’re sick of your criminal record hanging over your head and holding you back from doing the things you want to – or need to – do. Fortunately, there might be something you can do about it: You might qualify for expungement or sealing. But how do you get court records expunged? Here’s what you need to know.How Do You Get Court Records Expunged
In the state of Illinois, you can get a DUI arrest off your criminal record
However, that only means you can expunge the arrest – and you’re only allowed to expunge a DUI arrest if you weren’t convicted of drinking and driving.
How to Expunge a DUI Arrest in Chicago, IL
Most people find that it’s best to work with an expungement lawyer to have a DUI arrest expunged from their records.
You need to know, though, that not everyone qualifies for expungement. (You can find out whether you might be eligible for expungement here.)
If you want to expunge a DUI arrest in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows or Schaumburg, you’ll need to gather specific information for your attorney, including your complete Illinois police record. If you can’t find all the information you need, we may be able to find it for you.
We will need:
- Your original charges
- Records showing that your case was dismissed or you were found “Not Guilty”
- Your case numbers and any court records you have
Remember, you can only expunge a DUI arrest if you were never convicted of drunk driving. Otherwise, you’ll have to explore other avenues toward clearing your record.
Can You Expunge a DUI Conviction?
You can’t expunge DUI convictions in Illinois. The only exception is if you get a pardon from the governor
Although you can’t expunge a DUI conviction, you can help yourself by earning a Certificate of Good Conduct or a Certificate of Relief from Disability.
Why Should You Expunge a DUI Arrest?
Employers, landlords and a number of other interested parties may be able to see your criminal record and find out that you were arrested for DUI. They may not understand that an arrest is not the same as a conviction – and leaving that arrest on your record could have negative consequences that can affect the rest of your life.
If you want a DUI arrest off your criminal record, it can’t hurt to find out whether you’re eligible. Call us at 847-920-4540 or contact us online
We can help you get a fresh start.