If you’re like many people with a few smudges on your criminal record, you’re wondering whether an expungement can give you the fresh start you deserve… but where do you even begin to get your criminal record expunged?
What You Need for Criminal Record Expungement in Chicago
You’ll need to collect a significant amount of information if you want your criminal record expunged. Many people opt to ask their expungement lawyers to conduct a criminal background check instead of hunting down all the information on their own, which can be time-consuming and costly.
The information you’ll need for each arrest includes:
Date of the arrest
Law enforcement agency that arrested you
Charges that the state brought against you (if there were any)
The final outcome of each case, which is commonly referred to as the disposition in legal terms (dispositions can include terms such as nolle prosequi, supervision or probation
Date each case was completed (such as the date your supervision or probation ended, if you were sentenced to either)
The name of the chief legal officer of the unit of local government that affected your arrest
The name of the state’s attorney or prosecutor who prosecuted your case
You may need to go to the police department, the county sheriff’s office, or the clerk of the circuit court where the state handled your case to get this information. In some cases, information is located at multiple agencies, and it can be tough to track down; that’s why many people choose to ask their attorneys to perform a criminal background check.
Having a criminal record hanging over your head for the rest of your life doesn’t sound that great, does it? That record can prevent you from getting a job, finding a good place to live, or even from getting credit – so for most people, the best thing to do is explore expungement and criminal record sealing. But is getting your record expunged worth it?
If you’re like many people, you’ve considered having your criminal record expunged – but what is expungement, and could it be the right choice for you? Check out this Illinois expungement FAQ to learn more, and if you don’t see the answers to your questions here, call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case review with an experienced attorney now.