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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?

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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.
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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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