Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Criminal Record Expungement in Oak Lawn: What You Need to Know

Can you get your criminal record expunged in Oak Lawn?

In many cases, yes! However, not everyone is eligible for criminal record expungement.

Here’s what you need to know.

Criminal Record Expungement in Oak Lawn

Having a criminal record can stop you from getting a job, keep you out of certain schools and hold you back in your education, and even prevent you from getting a professional license. It can really put a damper on the way you want to live – but some people are eligible for criminal record expungement. Those that aren’t eligible for expungement may still be eligible for criminal record sealing.

Who’s Eligible for Expungement?

If you were arrested in Oak Lawn, Chicago or any other community here, you could be eligible for expungement if:

It’s important that you know some felony convictions are eligible for criminal record sealing, as well. If neither sealing nor expungement apply to you, you may ask for a pardon – but you do need to know that not many pardons are successful.

What if You Are Eligible for Expungement in Oak Lawn?

If you believe you’re eligible for expungement or criminal record sealing, it makes sense to call a Chicago expungement attorney who can evaluate your case. Your lawyer will need a complete copy of your criminal background report. If you are eligible, your attorney will start the process of asking the court to clear your record.

The state’s attorney has a chance to object to your petition. If he or she does object, you may have a right to a hearing. Your lawyer will represent you at the hearing to ensure the judge hears your side of the story; he’ll argue that you deserve the same fresh start that thousands of others in the Chicago area have gotten.

If the court grants your petition, your criminal record will be clear – and you can stop living every day with your criminal history hanging over your head.

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Expungement or Sealing?

Call us at 847-920-4540 right away if you’re living in Oak Lawn and you have a criminal record that you think is eligible for expungement or sealing. We can help you through every step of the process – get in touch with us now for your free expungement case review!



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