Chicago Criminal Expungements Blog

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Expungement Basics


If you’re like most people with a criminal record, you’d love to have a fresh start – and you can, through a process known as expungement.

What is Expungement?

An expungement is a court-ordered process that effectively gets rid of your criminal record. Once it’s expunged, it’s not going to come up in background checks or hold you back from getting a job, a place to live, or a loan.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

What Parts of a Criminal Record Are Public?


If you have a criminal record, some of the information on it is considered public – and employers, landlords, and even lenders can see it. Your record can prevent you from getting a job, finding a place to live, or from getting a loan to buy a home.

But what information can they see?

What Parts of Your Criminal Record Are Public?

It’s not that anyone who’s interested can walk into the police station and ask for your RAP sheet (that’s short for record of arrests and prosecutions) – but the fact is that interested parties can conduct a background check on you and find out when, where and why you’ve been arrested.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

3 Reasons to Seal Your Criminal Record


If you’re not eligible for criminal record expungement, you could still be eligible for sealing – and if you are, it may be worth considering.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Who Can See Expunged Records in Illinois?


Many Chicagoans have criminal histories – and too few take advantage of our state’s expungement law. Expungement can clear your record and give you the fresh start you deserve.

But how does it work, and who can see your expunged records in Illinois?

Who Can See Expunged Records in Illinois?

Criminal record expungement results in your arrest and court files being completely erased. The public can’t see them because the records are destroyed or returned to you.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What is Criminal Background Expungement?


Criminal background expungement, commonly just called expungement, is a process that clears a person’s criminal record.

Why Would Someone Want Criminal Background Expungement?

Sometimes having a criminal record can stop you from getting a good job, finding a place to live, or even getting a line of credit. Because the public sometimes looks unfavorably at people who have criminal backgrounds, it often makes sense to have criminal records cleared away as a means of getting a fresh start.

Who Can Get Criminal Background Expungement?

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Great News for People With Felonies in the Past: HB 2373 Signed Into Law


If you have a felony on your record that’s holding you back, there’s great news: Illinois has expanded the Criminal Identification Act to allow more people than ever to get fresh starts.

What is HB 2373, and How Does It Affect You?

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed important legislation last week that opens up more possibilities than ever before for people with criminal records.

House Bill 2373 amends the Read more . . .


Monday, August 14, 2017

Can You Really Remove Your Criminal Record?


Having a criminal record can hold you back from getting a good job, obtaining credit, or even finding a place to live for your family. If you’re like most people with a few mistakes in the past, you’d do anything to get a fresh start so people could recognize you for who you are today… not who you were when you made those mistakes.

But can you really remove a criminal record from the books? And if you can, how do you go about doing it?

Can You Really Remove a Criminal Record?

Some people are eligible to expunge an arrest record and erase some crimes from their RAP sheets; others are only able to seal criminal records so the public can’t view them.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Interviewing Expungement Lawyers? Here's What to Ask


If you’re thinking about clearing your criminal record so you can have a fresh start, you’ve probably come across a handful of expungement lawyers during your research—but how do you know which one to choose, which one will give you the most responsive service (which you’ll be grateful for when you have questions during the expungement process), and which one will get you the best possible outcome?

It’s easier than it seems. You call a few expungement lawyers and you start asking questions.
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Expunge Your Arrest Record: What You Need to Know


If you’ve been turned down for employment, a place to live, or even a loan, your arrest record may be to blame—but the good news is that you may be eligible for arrest record expungement.

How to Expunge Your Arrest Record

Many people choose to work with a Chicago expungement attorney when they’re in a situation similar to yours. Read more . . .


Monday, July 17, 2017

How to Get Your Record Expunged in Chicago, Skokie, or Rolling Meadows


When you’re denied employment, financing, or even a place to live because you have a criminal record, you know how tough it can be—but you may be eligible to have your criminal record expunged.

How to Get Your Record Expunged in Chicago, Skokie, or Rolling Meadows

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Monday, July 3, 2017

What is the Criminal Record Expungement Process Like?

For many people, the process of expunging or sealing a criminal record is a complicated one—but it doesn’t have to be. Working with a Chicago expungement lawyer from the moment you decide to clear your criminal record can make things simpler (and save you time).


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