Is it better to expunge or seal your record? If you’re like many people who are eligible for criminal record clearing, you’ve asked that question – but the answer really depends on your goal.
Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice for your future.
Is It Better to Expunge or Seal Your Record?
There’s a major difference between expunging a record and sealing a record: With expungement, your criminal record is erased – it’s like it never even happened. If the courts seal your criminal records, they still exist.
However, some offenses on your record may not be eligible for expungement – and that can be the deciding factor in whether you expunge or seal your record.
Usually, you can only seal very specific cases, such as:
Arrests and charges for misdemeanors and felonies that never led to a conviction
Felony traffic offenses that were reduced to an eligible misdemeanor
Convictions for most misdemeanors and felonies
Again, it’s a good idea to talk to an attorney if you’re not sure whether you’re eligible for sealing.
Should You Expunge or Seal Your Criminal Record?
Given the option to either expunge or seal a record, many people choose expungement over sealing. That’s because expungement effectively erases your criminal record, while sealing only closes it off from most of the public.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Expungement or Sealing?
We can help you clear your criminal record if you’re eligible for expungement or sealing. Call us at 847-920-4540 today to find out how to get the fresh start you deserve!
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What is a Conviction for Expungement Purposes?
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Do You Need Expungement if You Were Found Not Guilty of a
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How Long Does an Expungement Take in Illinois?
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