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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Could You Clear Your Own Criminal Record?


If you're like many people, you've thought about having your record expunged or sealed - but you just don't know where to start. The good news: If you want to clear your criminal record anywhere in Illinois, we can help you. 

Introducing DIY Expungement in Illinois

You don't have to hire an attorney to clear your criminal record in Chicago, Cook County or any other county in Illinois. You can do it yourself with the help of DIY Expungement and Sealing, a program by the Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury and XpungeChicago.

What is DIY Expungement and Sealing?

With DIY Expungement and Sealing, you get:

  • Downloadable forms for expunging and sealing criminal records in ANY county in Illinois (including forms for juvenile records)
  • Instructions on how to get your criminal records anywhere in Illinois, which you'll need for expungement or sealing
  • Written and video instructions on filling out your forms
  • Access to an attorney when you have case-specific questions
  • Exclusive access to our forum, where you can ask questions and find the answers you need
  • Extremely valuable tips and pointers on things like what to do if you have to go to court (even what to wear to court), what documentation you need to file with your petition, and more
  • Filing instructions that explain exactly what you need to do to ask the court to clear your record

How Do I Expunge or Seal My Own Record?

Expunging or sealing your criminal record is easy when you use DIY Expungement and Sealing.
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Thursday, September 5, 2019

How Do You Know if You're Eligible for Expungement?


If you're like most people in Chicago, Skokie or Rolling Meadows who have a criminal record - even if it's just an old arrest that never led to any charges - you want to know if you're eligible for expungement. Expungement clears your criminal record completely; your records are either destroyed or returned to you, so there's nothing there for anyone to see. 

So how do you know if you're eligible for expungement?

Here's what you need to know.

How Do You Know if You're Eligible for Expungement?

First things first: You can always call us to find out whether you're eligible for expungement. We're available at 847-920-4540.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

What Types of Juvenile Records Can Be Expunged?


If you're like most people who want juvenile records expunged, you have a few questions - and you want to know what types of juvenile records can actually be expunged.

Here's what you need to know.

What Types of Juvenile Records Can Be Expunged?

Many types of juvenile records can be expunged, including arrests that didn't result in charges or court cases and many convictions. The types of juvenile records that you can expunge include:

  • All arrests that didn't result in a court case
  • Court cases that were thrown out or in which you were found not guilty
  • Court cases where you were sentenced to supervision and completed it successfully
  • Court cases in which the judge found you guilty of a Class B or Class C misdemeanor
  • Court cases in which the judge found you guilty of a petty offense
  • Felony and Class A misdemeanor cases in which you were found guilty, as long as it's been at least 2 years since your case ended (and you completed your sentence)

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Can Employers Hold Your Criminal Record Against You?


If you're like many people with a criminal record, you already know that it can hold you back from doing the things you want to do - and that when you fill out a job application or an employer asks you about your criminal history, you're supposed to tell the truth about your past.

But is it legal for an employer to hold your criminal record against you?

Here's what you need to know.

Can Employers Hold Your Criminal Record Against You?

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Expunging Juvenile Records in Illinois: Where to Get Copies (and Why You Need Them)


If you want to expunge your juvenile records, you'll need copies of them - but you can't just stroll into any courthouse and ask for them. Here's what you need to know.

Expunging Juvenile Records: Where to Get Copies (and Why You Need Them)

Your juvenile records list all the offenses you were accused of, the dates you were arrested, the specific charges the state held against you, and the outcome of each case you were part of. You'll need all this information to ask the court to expunge your juvenile record.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

FAQ On Juvenile Expungement in Illinois


If you're like many people who have juvenile criminal records, you have a lot of questions - and many of them can be answered with a quick call to a Chicago expungement attorney (we're available at 847-920-4540 if you'd like a free case review).

However, we've put together a list of juvenile expungement FAQ here, too, so you can find all the answers you need.

FAQ On Juvenile Expungement in Illinois

This guide answers:

  • What is juvenile expungement?
  • What are the benefits of juvenile expungement?
  • When can I start the juvenile expungement process?
  • How long does juvenile expungement take?
  • What records do I need to start the juvenile expungement process?

1. What is juvenile expungement?

Juvenile expungement is the process of asking the courts to clear your juvenile criminal record. That includes arrest and other court records.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Can You Expunge a Juvenile Record in Chicago?


If you're like many people who ran into trouble with the law as a kid, you want to know if you can expunge a juvenile record in Chicago. The good news: In many cases, yes, you can expunge a juvenile record. And if you don't want anyone to find out about your past record, your best bet is to try to have it expunged.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Expungement in Illinois in 2019: What You Need to Know


Expungement in Illinois in 2019 can be a complex process, but for many people, it’s completely worth it. An expungement – a complete clearing of your criminal record – gives you a fresh start. It’s like the things that were on your record never even happened, and for many people, that means a new ability to get a good job, find a great place to live and attend the schools they want to attend.

When you have a criminal record, it’s like there’s always something hanging over your head. That record can follow you everywhere, making it difficult to do the things you want to do.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Can You Expunge Convictions in Illinois?


If you're like many people in Chicago and the surrounding communities, you have a criminal background that's holding you back from doing the things you want. A criminal history can stop you from getting a job, finding a place to live, or even getting into the school you want to attend - but is expungement the answer for you if you have a conviction?

Here's what you need to know.

Can You Expunge Convictions in Illinois?

Expungement is the process you go through to clear your record permanently and completely. If your records are expunged, the agencies that have them will either physically destroy them or return them to you.

A Word on Convictions

If your case resulted in prison or jail time, conditional discharge or probation (with a few exceptions), you have a conviction on your record.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

List of Crimes You Can Seal in Illinois


If you have a criminal record, you're probably tired of it hanging over your head. For many people, a criminal record can mean all kinds of problems - including difficulty finding a place to live, getting a job, or even getting credit to buy something. 

But there's good news: There's a list of crimes you can seal in Illinois. 

Not all crimes qualify for criminal record sealing, though. Here's what you need to know.
Read more . . .


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Can You Seal an Animal Cruelty Conviction in Illinois?


If you're like most people with a criminal past, you'd like to leave it where it belongs - in the past.

However, there are some crimes that don't qualify for expungement or sealing. Here's what you need to know about animal cruelty convictions.

Can You Seal an Animal Cruelty Conviction in Illinois?

Criminal record sealing hides all or some of your criminal record from the general public. Some employers will still be able to see it, and so will law enforcement and a handful of other people - but most members of the public doing a background check won't be able to see it.


Read more . . .


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