Criminal Record Clearing

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Felony Expungement in Illinois


If you’re like many people with a criminal past, you want to know about felony expungement in Chicago and the rest of Illinois. Here’s the scoop.

Felony Expungement in Illinois

The state of Illinois will expunge some criminal records under some conditions. If your record is expunged, the public won’t be able to see it – it’s like it never happened.

However, if you’ve been convicted of a crime, the court won’t expunge it from your record.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Expungement in Illinois


Many people qualify for expungement in Illinois - and you could be one of them. Whether you qualify depends on several factors, including:

  • The type of crime you were charged with
  • Whether you were arrested and not charged, or whether your charges were dropped
  • The outcome of your case
  • How much time has passed since the offense or the time you completed your sentence

What is Expungement in Illinois?

Expungement is the process of clearing a criminal record. Once a record is expunged, it's like it never even happened - people won't see it when they're looking up your criminal history, and you can even tell people that you don't have a criminal record at all.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Can You Expunge or Seal a DUI in Illinois?


If you’re like many people with a past drunk driving conviction, you want to know if it stays on your criminal record forever – and unfortunately, in the vast majority of cases, it does.

Illinois law does not allow you to expunge or seal a DUI from your criminal record. The only way to get DUI-related incidents removed from your record is if:

  • You were arrested but never actually charged with a crime
  • You were found not guilty of DUI
  • Your case was dismissed
  • You apply for – and are granted – a pardon from the governor of Illinois

What is a Pardon?

A pardon overturns your conviction and removes it from your criminal record.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Chicago Expungement Lawyer Matt Fakhoury Discusses the Jussie Smollett Case on CNN

Attorney Matt Fakhoury, former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, discusses the Jussie Smollett case with CNN's Brooke Baldwin on March 28, 2019.


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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Who Qualifies for Criminal Record Expungement?


Clearing your criminal record takes a significant amount of time - and it takes quite a bit of work, too. But even if you want to clear your criminal record, you might not be eligible.

Some people don't qualify for criminal record expungement. 

It's not about them, personally. It's about the types of crimes and convictions that already exist on their criminal records.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Can a Criminal History Prevent You From Getting a House in Chicago?


Landlords in Chicago and other Illinois cities may be able to see your criminal record - and they might use it against you when they're deciding whether you're allowed to live in their buildings.

Here's the deal: Having a criminal record can haunt you for years - but you could be eligible for criminal record expungement.

Related: Find out if you're eligible for expungement now

Can a Criminal History Prevent You From Getting a House in Chicago?

Landlords are legally allowed to pull up your criminal background when you fill out an application to live in a certain apartment or building.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

How to Clear Your Criminal Record in Riverdale


If you live in Riverdale or another Chicago neighborhood, you may be eligible for criminal record expungement through the Cook County court system.

What is Expungement?

Expungement is the process of clearing your criminal record so that you can get a fresh start. It “erases” your criminal record so that you never have to tell anyone you had one in the first place.

If a judge orders your records to be expunged, the agencies that have them – courts, police departments or other agencies – have to destroy them or return them to you. They’re no longer in the system, so if someone runs a criminal background check on you, nothing will come up.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Expungement Definition


What is expungement? Check out this expungement definition and find out what you need to do to clear your criminal record once and for all.

Expungement Definition

Expungement is the act of clearing your criminal record in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois. This type of criminal record clearing makes your record disappear – the courts and other agencies that have copies of your records will destroy them or return them to you.

Related: Read more . . .


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

What Crimes Cannot Be Expunged in Illinois?


If you’re like many people in Chicago, you have a few mistakes in your past – but you shouldn’t have to live with them forever.

The good news: Some people qualify for criminal record expungement. That’s a fresh start that erases your criminal record so it’s like nothing ever happened. People who don’t qualify for expungement often qualify for sealing.

But what crimes cannot be expunged in Illinois? Here’s what you need to know.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Do Arrests Show Up on Criminal History Reports in Illinois?


If you’re like many people, you want to know if arrests show up on your criminal history in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois.

The short answer is yes, they do – but there is something you can do about it.

Do Arrests Show Up on Criminal History Reports in Illinois?

If you’ve ever been arrested, you have a criminal record. Each arrest stays on your criminal history indefinitely – unless you petition the court to have them removed through a process called Read more . . .


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What is the Expungement Process Like?


If you're like most people who have made a few mistakes in the past, you've heard about criminal record expungement - but what is it, and how does it work?

What is the Expungement Process Like?

The criminal record expungement process takes some time - but for most people, it's well worth it. However, not everyone is eligible. To find out whether you're eligible, you may need to talk to an attorney who can look over your criminal record.
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