Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What Does it Mean to Expunge a Criminal Record?

If you’re like many people with a criminal history – even just an arrest record – you might have noticed that your past is holding you back. In fact, having a criminal record can prevent you from:

  • Finding a job
  • Borrowing money to buy a home
  • Getting an apartment or other rental home

The good news is that you could be eligible to expunge your criminal record and get the fresh start you deserve.

Find out if you’re eligible for criminal record expungement now. If you do qualify, you may want to talk to an expungement attorney in Chicago who can help you with the process.

What Does It Mean to Expunge a Criminal Record?

Expunging a criminal record means the agency that arrested you destroys any trace that you were in their system. They’ll remove your record from the books, so to speak, so it’s as if you were never arrested.

(Learn more about the basics of expungement.)

What if You Don’t Qualify for Expungement?

Not everyone qualifies for criminal record expungement – but don’t lose hope if you can’t expunge. You could still be eligible for criminal record sealing, which means your records will no longer be available to the general public.

A new expansion to Illinois law – HB 2373 – makes it possible to seal felonies. In contrast, you can’t expunge most felony charges. (Felony expungement is limited to very specific cases for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and it doesn’t apply to most felonies – only a handful.)

Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About What it Means to Expunge a Criminal Record?

If you need to talk to an attorney about expunging your criminal record, we can help.

Call us at 847-920-4540 for a free expungement case review. We’ll look over your situation and provide you with case-specific legal guidance you can use to get the fresh start you deserve.


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