If you’re like most people, you’ve heard of criminal record expungement – but is it really worth the effort, time and money?
For most people, yes. It’s worth getting a record expunged. This guide explains why.
Is It Worth Getting Your Record Expunged?
Expungement is a valuable tool that you can use to give yourself a fresh start. In the state of Illinois, expungement completely clears your criminal record – it’s like nothing ever happened. That means you don’t have to tell prospective employers, landlords or anyone else that you ever had a criminal record. It really is a fresh start.
Many people choose expungement because they don’t want their criminal histories preventing them from moving forward. For example, with a criminal record, you may find it hard to find a good job, a decent place to live, or even get credit. Even if you are able to do those things, you’re left answering questions about your criminal history that you’d rather not answer.
An expungement changes all of that; your criminal records are destroyed or returned to you, so there’s no record for anyone to see. Nobody will ever know that you had a criminal record unless you tell them.
You petition the court – often through an attorney – to clear your criminal record. The judge assigned to your case will review your packet and make a decision. If the judge agrees that you deserve a fresh start, the court sends an order to the agencies that have copies of your record; the order says that the record must be destroyed or returned to you. After you receive confirmation of your expungement, your criminal record no longer exists.
You may have heard that – with very few exceptions – you can’t expunge a conviction from your criminal record in Illinois. That’s true, but what is a conviction for expungement purposes? This guide explains.
What is a Conviction for Expungement Purposes?
A conviction is a finding of guilt that results in incarceration (jail or prison), probation, a conditional discharge, fine, or time served. If the court finds you guilty,
If you were found not guilty of a crime, you still have a criminal record. In fact, you still have a criminal record even if you were arrested and never charged with a crime. But do you need expungement if you were found not guilty or if you were arrested and never charged? This guide helps you decide.
Do You Need Expungement if You Were Found Not Guilty of a
If you’re like many people, you’ve decided that you need a fresh start through criminal record expungement – but how long does an expungement take in Illinois, and what will you be required to provide? This guide explains.
How Long Does an Expungement Take in Illinois?
In Illinois, expungement takes at least a few months. That’s because the state of Illinois and its agencies – such as the Illinois State