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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What to Wear to Court


Sometimes, during the criminal record expungement process, the state’s attorney objects to a person’s petition.

If that happens to you, you may be entitled to a hearing in front of the judge. Your attorney will be able to represent you during that hearing, but you also need to be there. If you’re like most people, you aren’t quite sure what to wear to court – but this list will tell you everything you need to know about the appropriate apparel or a court appearance.
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Friday, January 5, 2018

How to Find Out if You're Eligible for Criminal Record Expungement


If you’ve been arrested, you have a criminal record – but the good news is that you could be eligible for what’s known as criminal record expungement. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re eligible, you could start fresh with a clean slate.

What is Criminal Record Expungement?

Criminal record expungement is a process that results in your criminal record being destroyed. It’s as if it never happened.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Can a Conviction Be Removed From a Record?


If you’ve ever been in legal trouble, there’s a good chance that you’ve wondered whether a conviction can be removed from a record – and you’re not alone. The Illinois Criminal Identification Act, which allows some arrests, supervision and probation records to be expunged (completely erased) covers a few ways you can clear a criminal record, including expungement and sealing.

Can a Conviction Be Removed From a Record?

You can’t remove a conviction from your criminal record, with very few exceptions (such as honorably discharged veterans of the U.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What Does it Mean to Expunge a Criminal Record?


If you’re like many people with a criminal history – even just an arrest record – you might have noticed that your past is holding you back. In fact, having a criminal record can prevent you from:

  • Finding a job
  • Borrowing money to buy a home
  • Getting an apartment or other rental home

The good news is that you could be eligible to expunge your criminal record and get the fresh start you deserve.

Find out if you’re eligible for criminal record expungement now.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How Can I Check My Criminal Record?


You can check your own criminal record to find out if you’re eligible for expungement or sealing, but it’s not always easy. For many people, it makes sense to hire an attorney to do a background check. However, you can do it yourself.
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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 . . .


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