Is It Worth Getting Your Record Expunged?

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.

Related: The 3 ways to file for an expungement or sealing in Illinois

How Does Expungement Work?

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.

Related: What happens after a judge grants your expungement petition in Illinois?

Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Expunging or Sealing Your Criminal Record?

If you need to speak with an attorney about clearing your criminal record, we may be able to help you. Call us at 847-920-4540 now or fill out the form below for a free consultation.

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