Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog

Monday, March 17, 2014

3 Things You Need to Know About Expungement: XpungeChicago.com Blog

3 Things You Need to Know About Expungements:


A blemish on your criminal record can stay forever – and it can damage your chances of getting a job, a security clearance or even credit. Mistakes made in the past should remain in the past, but most people need the help of an attorney to ensure that they stay there. If you intend to have your record expunged in Chicago, there are three key things you need to know: what it means, how it’s done, and what happens the next time your background is checked.

What Does it Mean to Have Something Expunged?

When something is expunged from your record in Illinois, it basically disappears. It can’t come back to haunt you later, but it does take hard work and in many cases, legal red tape that can hold up the process. Not all offenses qualify for expungement, so it’s best to talk to your lawyer about the specifics of your case.

How Are Records Expunged in Illinois?

Through a series of complex forms and one or more court appearances, your Chicago criminal defense attorney will make an appeal to a judge on your behalf. He’ll provide the judge with a compelling reason to expunge or seal your Illinois criminal record – whether it’s because you need to get a license that’s required for a job or because you need to pass a background check for any other reason.

During this process, you may have to attend a hearing and present evidence why the court should rule in your favor.

There are three possible outcomes:

• The judge could deny your request.
• The judge could order that your record is destroyed.
• The judge could order that your records are sealed and only made available for certain law enforcement and sentencing purposes.


After a Record is Expunged or Sealed

When you have a criminal record, employers and others can see arrests, convictions and other information. However, when a judge orders your record to be expunged or sealed, that information won’t be publicly available.

Your criminal record doesn’t have to hold you back any longer. If you need help, call us at (847)920-4540 or contact us online.

 


Sunday, February 9, 2014

XpungeChicago – Serving Chicago and the surrounding suburbs: XpungeChicago.com Blog

Were you arrested in the suburbs and went to court in Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview or Markham? XpungeChicago is a division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury that not only servers Chicago but all of the surrounding suburbs of Cook County. In addition, XpungeChicago also serves clients in DuPage and Lake Counties who are looking to clear their criminal records.

Criminal background checks are done by employers on a routine basis. Landlords run your rap sheet before extending a lease. Even educational institutions check your history before accepting you into their program. With new laws that went into effect earlier this year, it is easier than ever to Expunge Your Past and Expand Your Future!

Contact us today at XpungeChicago.com or call 847-920-4540 for a free case review

 

 


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Chicago Expungement Attorney - Matt Fakhoury: XpungeChicago.com Blog

We have all made mistakes. Some mistakes, however, are more costly than others. If an arrest or criminal conviction is affecting your personal or professional life, call Xpunge Chicago today for a free and confidential case review.

When an expungement is granted, all records related to your arrest are destroyed. With more than 80 percent of employers conducting criminal background checks, hiring an expungement attorney is a necessary investment.

At Xpunge Chicago, we will handle your expungement petition from start to finish. We will conduct all case research and file the petition on your behalf. Sit back while we expunge your past and expand your future!

Call today for a free case review -- (847) 920-4540.

 

 

 


Friday, January 3, 2014

New Law May Aid Some With Felony Records: XpungeChicago.com Blog

BLOOMINGTON - A new state law that makes it easier for low-level felony offenders to have their records sealed could stem the potential problems many people face after acquiring a criminal record.

As of Wednesday, people convicted of certain Class 3 and Class 4 felonies can file a petition with their circuit clerk’s office asking a judge to seal records of their convictions.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Get a Clean Slate – Expunge Your Past, Expand Your Future: Xpungechicago.com Blog

2014 could be your year to Expunge Your Past and Expand Your Future. Many of us have old arrests or even convictions that are prohibiting our future growth. But an expungement or sealing can give you a clean slate and provide the opportunities you deserve.

If you are eligible, an Expungement can literally clear your criminal record. A Sealing under Illinois law can hide or cover your record from the general public and most employers. With new laws effective January 1, 2014, your eligibility to expunge or seal a criminal record is better than ever.

XpungeChicago is a Division of The Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury that focuses on Criminal Record Clearing. Contact XpungeChicago today for a free case review. XpungeChicago.com or ILDefense.com.

 


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Now is the Time: Expunge Your Past, Expand Your Future – XpungeChicago.com Blog

Beginning January 1, 2014 Felony offenses such as Theft, Retail Theft, Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Deceptive Practices, and even Forgery are eligible to be sealed.

Now is the Time to start the New Year off right and expunge or seal your criminal record. Xpunge Your Past, and Xpand Your Future with XpungeChicago – A Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury.

With Offices in Skokie, Schaumburg and our newest office in Rolling Meadows it’s easier than ever before to serve your legal needs. XpungeChicago.com or 847-920-4540

  

 


Monday, December 9, 2013

Ring in the New Year with a Fresh Start! Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future! XpungeChicago Blog

As 2013 comes to an end, it is only fitting that we look ahead to 2014. For many of us, a new job, a new home, or going back to school, is the change needed to open up a world of opportunity.

Unfortunately, a criminal record can prevent you from obtaining the great start you were planning for in 2014. XpungeChicago - A Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, can help expunge your criminal past and expand your future for 2014, and beyond.

Criminal defense attorney, Matt Fakhoury, focuses his practice primarily in expungement and sealing law. While a prior arrest may have affected your past, no longer should you allow it to hinder your future. Call XpungeChicago today! 847-920-4540

 

 

 


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Stay Informed: Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses Are on Your Record! XpungeChicago.com Blog

Most people believe that offenses such as driving without a valid license (625 ILCS 5/6-101) or driving on a suspended license (625 ILCS 5/6-303) are simple traffic violations that will not appear on a criminal background check. Unfortunately, however, the opposite is true: most traffic-related offenses are actually misdemeanors and far more serious than most presume.

Misdemeanor traffic citations are easily accessible to potential employers. If a job requires you to drive a vehicle as part of your employment, prior misdemeanor traffic offenses can prevent you from being hired. XpungeChicago, a division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, can expunge or seal traffic-related misdemeanors from your criminal record. Visit us at XpungeChicago.com for a free consultation and confidential case review. 847-920-4540

 

 

 


Friday, August 30, 2013

Attention Job Seekers! XpungeChicago.com Blog

This week, I have both good news and bad news for Chicagoland jobseekers.  The good news is that unemployment is on the decline.  Job positions are available and companies are expanding.  In short, good employees are needed in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs!

The bad news, however, is that companies looking to hire are toughening their standards.  Most companies won’t even consider those with a criminal background of any sort.  If you have been arrested, even if that arrest did NOT result in a conviction, you still have a criminal record.  This will make it nearly impossible for you to be considered for employment purposes.

Expunging your criminal record means that your prior arrest (and certain convictions) can be destroyed.  Upon the granting of your expungement petition, employers, landlords, friends, even the police, will no longer have access to this criminal record.  For all intents and purposes, the expungement requires police agencies to destroy the records related to your case.

If you have an arrest or conviction expunged, you are no longer considered a person with a criminal record.  For example, you can honestly tell potential employers that you have a clean criminal record.

To find out if you are eligible for an expungement or sealing, call XpungeChicago today for a free and confidential case review. (847) 920-4540

 

 

 


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The New Sealing Law Has Finally Gone Into Effect! XpungeChicago.com

For months, I have been telling my clients about HB 3061, now widely known as “the Illinois sealing bill”.  In essence, HB 3061 expands the pool of offenses eligible for sealing.  Just last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 3061, which immediately went into effect.  Under this new law, several non-violent felonies have been added to the list of offenses for which records may sealed.  The offenses include retail theft, forgery, possession of burglary tools and possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.  

If your criminal background is hindering your job prospects and life opportunities, call Xpunge Chicago today for a free case review.  Illinois’ new sealing law may enable your chances of getting back on your feet and contributing to your community.

With the passage of this new law, one offense will no longer become a life-long barrier.  Call Xpunge Chicago today! (847) 920-4540. XpungeChicago.com

 

 

 


Monday, July 29, 2013

Why Should I Seek an Expungement? XpungeChicago.com Blog

My clients are often deterred by how long the expungement/sealing process may take in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.  Often, I get calls when a person has been offered a job position pending a background check.  Typically, the person on the other line hopes I can clear his or her record in a matter of weeks, if not days, due to the pre-employment screening.  Please do not be one of these unfortunate few -- act now to expunge your past and expand your future!  While the process may initially seem daunting (I tell clients the process may take anywhere between three and six months), acting sooner, rather than later, will absolutely benefit you.

There are several reasons to petition for an expungement or sealing.  As stated above, expunging or sealing your record eliminates the potential for denial of employment.  Employers often perform a criminal background check on job candidates. Especially in today’s struggling job market, employers may reject a candidate with a criminal background of any sort (yes, even if your case was dismissed).  My clients are often qualified applicants who come to me shortly after rejection from an employer based on a background check.

Having a criminal background may also impact your ability to secure housing. Eliminate the uncomfortable need to explain yourself to a potential landlord who has viewed your application for tenancy. Most renters ask prospective tenants to submit to both a credit and criminal background check prior to making housing available.  Typically, the prospective tenant is required to explain any criminal charges, and the landlord reserves the right not to rent to a tenant based on the results of a background check.

Also, but not often considered, is the fact that a conviction that would otherwise be eligible for expungement may no longer be expunged if the person is later convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.  In this vein, it is also important to prevent a prosecutor from viewing your criminal history when considering bail or charging issues.  Should you be charged with a criminal offense after prior offenses have been expunged, the expunged offenses will not be accessible. For a free and confidential case review, call Xpunge Chicago today -- (847) 920-4540


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