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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What Do They Reveal in a Background Check?


When you’re applying for a job or an apartment or rental house, you might be subject to a background check – but what do they reveal in a background check, and should you be worried?

What Do They Reveal in a Background Check?

A standard background check typically reveals whether you’ve been arrested or convicted of any misdemeanors or felonies. In some cases, a potential employer or landlord can use that information to reject your application or to choose another applicant over you. Sometimes having a criminal record can even prevent you from trying to get certain jobs, such as those in the military and some in the healthcare field.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Do Juvenile Records Show Up On a Background Check?


If you’re like many people, you’ve wondered if juvenile records show up on a background check – and the answer isn’t always simple.

A recent report by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, only three out every 1,000 juvenile records are ever destroyed – and that includes arrests that never resulted in convictions.

But will they ever show up in a background check?

Here’s what you need to know.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Do Felonies Ever Go Away?


If you’re like many people in Chicago who have a criminal record, or if you know someone who does, you’re wondering, “Do felonies ever go away?”

The bad news is that they don’t go away on their own – but you may be able to work with a Chicago expungement lawyer to clear them.

How to Make a Felony Go Away

Before you get too excited, you need to know that most felonies won’t go away – at least, not completely. However, thanks to HB 2372, signed by Governor Bruce Rauner, many can be sealed. Criminal record sealing has almost the same effect as criminal record expungement.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What Are Expungement Services in Chicago?


If you’re looking for expungement services, it probably means you’ve got a criminal record – and that you want a fresh start. But what can an expungement service do for you?

What Are Expungement Services in Chicago?

Expungement services performed by an attorney in Chicago can include:


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Do Expunged Records Show Up on Background Checks?


If you’re like most people with a criminal background, you’ve thought about expungement and sealing – but that can lead to even more questions, such as whether expunged records show up on background checks. For most people, it makes sense to talk to an expungement lawyer who understands the law and who can answer tough questions like these.

Do Expunged Records Show Up on Background Checks?

Criminal record expungement gives you a fresh start – and that means people can’t see your record. If a judge grants your petition for expungement, the court will order the agencies that have it to destroy the records they have on you (or return them to you).
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How Long Does It Take for a Record to Be Expunged in Chicago?


If you have a criminal record that’s hanging over your head and preventing you from getting a job, finding a decent place to live, or obtaining credit, there’s hope – you could be eligible for criminal record expungement. But how long does it take for a record to be expunged, and what can you do to speed up the process?

How Long Does It Take for a Record to Be Expunged in Chicago?

In the state of Illinois, the amount of time it takes for a record to be expunged varies greatly because it depends on several factors. Sometimes it takes a couple of months; in other cases, it takes several months (or longer).
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How Can You Tell if You’re Eligible for Criminal Record Expungement or Sealing?


If you’re like many people in Chicago, you’re eligible for criminal record expungement or sealing – but you may not even know you’re entitled to a fresh start.

Illinois expungement and sealing laws laws recently changed to include people who have been convicted of felonies.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Do I Have a Criminal Record?


“Do I have a criminal record?”

Lots of people ask themselves that, but the answer isn’t always as simple as you’d think.

The fact is that if you have ever been arrested, you have a criminal record – and if that’s the case, you may need to work with a Chicago criminal record expungement lawyer to clear it.

Do I Have a Criminal Record?

If you’re not sure whether you have a criminal record, you can work with an attorney to perform a Read more . . .


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What to Wear to Court


Sometimes, during the criminal record expungement process, the state’s attorney objects to a person’s petition.

If that happens to you, you may be entitled to a hearing in front of the judge. Your attorney will be able to represent you during that hearing, but you also need to be there. If you’re like most people, you aren’t quite sure what to wear to court – but this list will tell you everything you need to know about the appropriate apparel or a court appearance.
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Friday, January 5, 2018

How to Find Out if You're Eligible for Criminal Record Expungement


If you’ve been arrested, you have a criminal record – but the good news is that you could be eligible for what’s known as criminal record expungement. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re eligible, you could start fresh with a clean slate.

What is Criminal Record Expungement?

Criminal record expungement is a process that results in your criminal record being destroyed. It’s as if it never happened.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Can a Conviction Be Removed From a Record?


If you’ve ever been in legal trouble, there’s a good chance that you’ve wondered whether a conviction can be removed from a record – and you’re not alone. The Illinois Criminal Identification Act, which allows some arrests, supervision and probation records to be expunged (completely erased) covers a few ways you can clear a criminal record, including expungement and sealing.

Can a Conviction Be Removed From a Record?

You can’t remove a conviction from your criminal record, with very few exceptions (such as honorably discharged veterans of the U.
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