Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Man arrested with gun in holster challenging concealed carry ban

A Chicago man found with a loaded gun in his car says felony weapons charges against him should be dropped because of a court ruling that tossed out Illinois' concealed carry ban.

Deafalla Haddad was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was pulled over for speeding in November in Schiller Park and informed the officer he was carrying a loaded gun in a waistband holster.

His attorney, Matt Fakhoury, said the case should be dismissed because the law Haddad broke was found to be unconstitutional and because his actions would be legal in any other state.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Case Dismissed = Automatic Clearing of Criminal Records? - XpungeChicago.com Blog

I am often asked the following, “I was arrested and my case was dismissed.  Is my record automatically cleared?” OR “I went to trial and was found Not Guilty.  Is my record automatically cleared?”  The answer to both questions is a resounding NO.  Even if your case was dismissed, or you were found Not Guilty at trial, your arrest will remain on your record until you petition to have it cleared.

 
A criminal arrest will have a damaging impact on your future.  Every arrest is part of the public record.  You must be proactive in clearing your criminal record, even in cases where charges were dismissed or you were found Not Guilty.  An arrest will always be a part of your criminal record and accessible by anyone including future employers, landlords, family, and friends.  You must act now to protect and enhance your future.
 
If you need an Expungement Attorney with a proven track record, call Attorney Matt Fakhoury with Xpunge Chicago.  It is vital that you clear your criminal record to enhance your future. Calls are answered 24 hours a day.  
 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Juvenile Records are Not Automatically Expunged - XpungeChicago.com Blog

 

Most people are under the impression that juvenile records are automatically expunged upon reaching adulthood, but this is not the case.  While juvenile records are generally kept confidential, information about your juvenile record can be obtained by potential employers, landlords, and educational institutions.  
 
To prevent your juvenile record from sabotaging your future, call XpungeChicago, A Division of the Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury, and begin the expungement process.
 
Call us at 847-920-4540 or visit us at XpungeChicago.com to schedule a case review. 
 
 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Expungement Process: It’s Quicker Than You Think! - XpungeChicago.com Blog

 

The process of getting a case expunged or sealed is not at lengthy as most people think.  The amount of time it takes to clear a criminal record depends on the jurisdiction in which the case occurred as well as other factors. 
 
Do you plan on leaving your current employer soon?  Will you have to undergo a criminal background check at your new job? If so, there is no time to waste.  
 
The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury can file your expungement within a week of speaking to you. We pride ourselves on efficient, affordable, and effective service for our clients. If you have a City of Chicago case that  you want expunged or sealed, the entire process can take as little as two months with the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury. 
 
Call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury now to Xpunge Your Past and Xpand Your Future! 847-920-4540 or XpungeChicago.com  
 
 

 


Monday, February 4, 2013

The Stupid Mistake: XpungeChicago.com Blog

 

Many clients contact our firm and the first thing they say is: “I made a stupid mistake when I was young that’s still affecting my life.” 
 
The “stupid mistake” is usually in the form of a prior arrest that is inhibiting them from fulfilling their true potential.  A criminal record can prevent you from obtaining the job of your dreams or entering the graduate program needed to propel your career to the next level. 
 
Whether it’s an arrest that resulted from a bar fight in college, an argument with a girlfriend, or a retail theft from a department store, the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury may be able to clear your criminal record. 
 
Matt Fakhoury, a Cook County expungement, sealing, and pardon attorney can Xpunge Your Past, and Xpand Your Future.  847-920-4540 or XpungeChicago.com
 

 


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Can't Clear Your Entire Record? Then Clear Part of it! – XpungeChicago.com Blog

 

Do you have cases in your criminal record that resulted in dismissals or acquittals? If so, you may be eligible for a partial sealing of your record even if you have other convictions in your background. 
 
A Partial Sealing conceals of a portion of your criminal record for cases that did not result in a conviction.  For example, a record with 3 felony arrests can be sealed if those cases were dismissed despite the presence of other criminal convictions on your record. 
 
Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for more information. ILDefense.com or XpungeChicago.com
 
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Monday, January 21, 2013

A DUI Cannot be Expunged Unless… - XpungeChicago.com Blog

 

Many people who are charged with a DUI simply want to get rid of the case as fast as possible.  The idea of going back and forth to court fighting the case can be torturous.  This often convinces people to plead guilty and cut a deal for supervision which is not considered a criminal conviction under the law.  Illinois law does not allow for the clearing of a DUI even if the sentence is supervision. 
 
The exception to the rule is that an arrest for a DUI CAN be expunged if the case resulted in a dismissal or a finding of not guilty.  Thus an aggressive defense of the case is needed to clear you record permanently.  Cutting a deal to plead guilty even for a sentence of supervision can have lifelong consequences that can affect your future. 
 
Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury to not only fight your DUI case, but to Xpunge Your Past and Xpand Your Futre.  
 
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Domestic Battery - Life Long Consequences: XpungeChicago.com Blog

If you are charged with domestic battery in Chicago or Cook County, a finding of guilty or a plea of guilty can have lifelong consequences.  Illinois law considers domestic violence particularly offensive and therefore does not allow a conviction of domestic battery to be expunged or sealed. 

 
Many people are falsely accused of domestic battery by a partner to gain leverage in a divorce, custody dispute, or to gain sole occupancy of the home.  Unfortunately, those accused of domestic battery simply want the process to end and feel pressured to plead guilty even if they are innocent. The problem is that a plea of guilty to domestic battery will always be in your criminal background and can never be expunged or sealed.   While this is bad enough, the stigma of being a domestic offender will likely prevent employers from hiring you and landlords from housing you.
 
If you are charged with domestic battery there are other options besides simply pleading guilty. Get an attorney who will fight for your case and fight for your future.  Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for more information. ILDefense.com or XpungeChicago.com  
 
 

 


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Don’t Keep The Past In the Past This Year – Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future

Typically, keeping the past in the past is a wise decision.  However, there are exceptions. If you have prior arrests or even convictions on your criminal record, it doesn’t have to remain there.  

XpungeChicago is a division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury that concentrates on expungements and sealings of criminal records.  Even if your record is not eligible for an expungement or sealing, you may nevertheless clear your record by way of executive clemency (also known as a pardon). 
 
XpungeChicago serves all of Cook County (including Chicago and the suburbs), as well as Lake and DuPage Counties.  Xpunge Your Past and Xpand Your Future in 2013!  Happy New Year!
 
 

 


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Start Off the New Year Right – Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future - December 29, 2012

 

As 2012 comes to an end people are coming up with their New Year’s Resolutions.   Some resolutions include getting a new job, going back to school, or renting a new apartment.  While those resolutions are admirable, the fact of the matter is that an old arrest can prevent you from getting a new job, getting into school, or even living in the home of your dreams.  
 
Employers, universities, and land lords all conduct routine background checks.  With so many people looking for jobs in today’s economy, most employers will hire someone with no criminal record.  College applications ask if you’ve ever been charged or convicted of a crime and admissions counselors are more likely to admit students who have never been arrested.  Even land lords see potential renters with criminal records as a risk. 
 
While new employment, going back to school, and moving are worthy goals for the New Year, your most important resolution should be to clear your criminal record.  An expungement or sealing will allow you to achieve those goals and start the New Year off on the right foot. 
 
Make 2013 a great year – Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future.    
 

 


Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Process of Clearing Your Criminal Record – XpungeChicago.com Blog – December 16, 2012

 

Clearing your criminal record is not as simple as one may think.  There are several steps that must be taken to properly file an Expungement or Sealing.    
 
1. Rap Sheet:  If you are trying to expunge or seal a case that arose from a Chicago Police arrest, you must obtain a copy of your criminal arrest record.  You can order your rap sheet from Chicago Police headquarters located at 3510 S. Michigan.  A petition to expunge or seal a Chicago case will not be accepted by the Clerk of the Circuit Court if it is unaccompanied by the rap sheet.  If any other police department made the arrest, a rap sheet is not required to file the petition.
 
2. Documents:  Next, the appropriate documents need to be completed and signed.  Those documents include (1) The Notice of Filing, (2) The Petition to Expunge or Seal, and (3) The Orders Granting and Denying the Expungement or Sealing. 
 
3. Filing Fee:  To actually file the expungement or sealing, you must pay a fee.  The Clerk of Circuit Court of Cook County currently charges $120 to file an expungement or sealing.  That fee includes all of the arrests/cases you have in your background that are eligible for an Expungement or Sealing.   The Clerk of the Circuit Court of DuPage County charges $216 per arrest/case. 
 
4. Review Period:  Once the petition is filed, the police department that arrested you, the Illinois State Police, and the State’s Attorney’s Office of the county in which you filed all have the opportunity to review your petition and object if they so desire.  If an objection is made by one of those agencies, then a hearing is scheduled before a Judge.  If there is no objection, then the Judge will have an opportunity to review your case and either grant or deny your petition. 
 
 
These steps hold true for most Petitions to Expunge or Seal however there are exceptions.  More paperwork may be necessary depending on the charge you are attempting to clear.  In addition, the court may require a drug test in limited cases. 
 
To get a complete overview of your specific situation, contact XpungeChicago – A Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury.  Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future. 
 

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