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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.
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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?

Although Read more . . .


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

South Side Criminal Record Expungement Basics


If your criminal record keeps coming back to haunt you, there’s good news: You may be eligible for criminal record expungement or sealing. For most people, that means calling a South Side expungement lawyer who can determine eligibility (see “Am I Eligible for Expungement” for more information), explain the whole process, and file all the appropriate papers with the court.
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Monday, June 11, 2018

How to Seal a Criminal Record in Riverdale


If you’re living in Riverdale in Chicago and you’re looking for a fresh start, there’s good news: You may be able to seal your criminal record.

That means landlords, lenders and most employers won’t be able to see that you have a criminal record – and it means you don’t have to keep trying to move forward with your past hanging over your head.

How to Seal a Criminal Record in Riverdale

For most people, it makes sense to work with a Riverdale expungement and sealing lawyer who can get to know you and understand the types of criminal charges you’ve had in the past. Your attorney can figure out whether you’re eligible for sealing or expungement, and he can file the right paperwork in the right courthouse so you don’t have to.
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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 Read more . . .


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.
Read more . . .


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