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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Does Expungement Erase an Arrest Record?


If you’ve ever been arrested in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows or anywhere else in Illinois, you have a criminal record… and potential employers, landlords and other people may be able to see it.

The good news: You might be eligible for criminal record clearing.

Does Expungement Erase an Arrest Record?

As it is right now, arrest records show up on a criminal background check.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Where to Get Copies of Your Criminal Records in Chicago


If you’re trying to seal or expunge your criminal record in Chicago or one of the suburbs, you’ll need copies of your criminal records – but where do you get them?

Your attorney can conduct a criminal background check, but in the meantime, here’s what you need to know.

Types of Criminal Records

There are three main types of criminal records in Illinois:

  • Court dispositions
  • RAP sheets
  • Illinois State Police criminal history transcripts

Where to Get Copies of Your Criminal Records in Chicago

You can get your entire criminal history on an Illinois State Police criminal history transcript. Technically, it’s a Statewide Criminal History Transcript.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

3 Types of Criminal Records in Illinois


If you’re like many people in Illinois, you have a criminal record – but what type of criminal record do you have, and do you qualify for expungement or sealing? Your best bet is to talk to a Chicago expungement lawyer.

But in the meantime, here’s what you need to know.

3 Types of Criminal Records in Illinois

There are three main types of criminal records in Illinois:

  • Court dispositions
  • RAP sheets
  • Illinois State Police criminal history transcripts

Court Dispositions

A court disposition is the final judgment or outcome of your court case. If you’re found guilty, the disposition is guilty; if you’re found not guilty, the disposition says so.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Do I Qualify to Seal My Criminal Record?


Do I qualify to seal my criminal record?

Our criminal record expungement attorneys hear that question a lot – and there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Some people qualify to seal a criminal record, some qualify to expunge it, and some don’t qualify at all.

So how can you tell if you qualify to seal your criminal record?

First things first: You should talk to a criminal record clearing attorney in Chicago who can evaluate your record, explain how the law works, and help determine whether you’re eligible to get rid of your record.

Conditions for Sealing Your Criminal Record

Generally speaking, there are only a few conditions you must meet to seal your record, provided the crime is eligible for sealing. Some crimes can never be sealed, including things like:

  • Animal abuse
  • Domestic battery
  • Driving under the influence
  • Murder
  • Rape and most other sex offenses

This isn’t a complete list.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Expunge a Misdemeanor in Illinois: What You Need to Know


If you’re like many people, you want to know if you can expunge a misdemeanor in Illinois – and the answer is yes, but only if you meet certain conditions. Even if you don’t qualify for criminal record expungement, you may still qualify for criminal record sealing.

Expunge a Misdemeanor in Illinois: What You Need to Know

Only a handful of misdemeanors can be expunged from your record, and only if you meet certain conditions. If you were placed on supervision and you successfully completed that supervision for one of the following misdemeanors, you might qualify for expungement (but you’ll still need to talk to a Chicago expungement attorney to find out for sure):

  • Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
  • Suspended Registration for Noninsurance
  • Displaying of False Insurance
  • Failure of Scrap Dealer to Keep Records
  • Something other than what’s listed here, but you were placed on court supervision for it and you successfully completed supervision
  • Something other than what’s listed here, but you were placed on Section 710, Section 410 or Section 70 probation for it and you successfully completed probation

If you were placed on “2nd Chance Probation” for one of the following offenses and it’s been at least 5 years since you completed probation, your misdemeanor might qualify for expungement:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Theft (from a school, place of worship or government property)
  • Criminal Damage to Property
  • Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property
  • Theft
  • Retail Theft

You still have to meet additional conditions in order to expunge these misdemeanors, though, which means it’s best to talk to an attorney about your specific situation.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How to Expunge a Criminal Record in Lincoln Park


If you’re like many people in Lincoln Park or the surrounding neighborhoods of Chicago, you need to know how to get rid of your criminal record so you can have a fresh start. While there’s no guarantee that you can erase your criminal record, you do have options – and here they are.

How to Expunge a Criminal Record in Lincoln Park

Expungement isn’t the only way to clear a criminal record. While expungement does remove your record completely (the court orders that the agency that has your record to destroy it or return it to you), you could qualify for criminal record sealing. Criminal record sealing doesn’t make your record disappear, but it does make it so that only law enforcement professionals, the courts and some employers (like the military or those in healthcare-related fields) can see it.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

What Crimes Can Be Expunged in Illinois?


If you’re like many people, you want to know what crimes can be expunged in Illinois – especially if you have a criminal record and you’d benefit from a fresh start.

Here’s what you need to know.

What Crimes Can Be Expunged in Illinois?

Criminal record expungement and criminal record sealing are two different things, but both have a similar effect under the Read more . . .


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

How to Know if You Qualify for Criminal Record Expungement


If you’re like most people with a criminal record, you want to know if you qualify for expungement – but how can you tell?

(Find out if you qualify for criminal record expungement now.)

How to Know if You Qualify for Criminal Record Expungement

Not everyone qualifies for criminal record expungement, but if you don’t, there’s still hope. You could qualify for criminal record sealing, which serves many of the same purposes that expungement does.
Read more . . .


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Expungement FAQ for People Who Live in Rolling Meadows


If you’re living in Rolling Meadows and you’re being chased by a criminal record – a mistake you made long ago – there’s good news.

You could qualify for criminal record expungement, which essentially erases your record.

And if you don’t qualify for expungement, you might still qualify for criminal record sealing.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Do Arrest Records Show Up on a Criminal Background Check?


If you’re like most people, you want to know if arrest records show up on a criminal background check – especially if you’re applying for a job or looking for a place to live.

The answer is yes. In many cases, arrest records will show up on your criminal background check. That’s true even if you weren’t convicted of a crime (and that’s a really good reason to call a Chicago expungement lawyer who may be able to get you a clean slate).
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Are Juvenile Records Automatically Expunged?


If you’re an adult who made some mistakes in the past – meaning, you have a juvenile criminal record – you need to know that although all law enforcement and court records from juvenile court are sealed, they’re often still there.

That means you need your juvenile records expunged if you don’t want anyone to see them.

Are Juvenile Records Automatically Expunged?

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