Criminal Record Clearing

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

How to Clear a Misdemeanor From Your Record in Chicago


If you've been convicted of a misdemeanor crime in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows or elsewhere in Illinois, you may be able to prevent people from seeing it in a background check.

Many people with misdemeanor convictions qualify for criminal record sealing, which means the records that law enforcement agencies and the courts have will become private - and landlords, many potential employers, and the general public can no longer see them.

How to Clear a Misdemeanor From Your Record in Chicago

Criminal record sealing may be the right choice for you.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

How to Get Your Criminal Record Expunged in New City, Chicago


If you live in New City - one of Chicago's 77 official community areas, which includes Back of the Yards, Canaryville and a few other neighborhoods - and you have a criminal record you'd like to expunge, we may be able to help you. We work all over Chicago's neighborhoods. Here's what you need to know about criminal record expungement and criminal record sealing.

Criminal Record Sealing in New City

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Can You Join the Illinois National Guard With a Criminal Record?


If you're like many people, you'd like to join the Illinois National Guard - but can you do that if you have a criminal record?

The answer isn't black-and-white. Here's what you need to know.

Can You Join the Illinois National Guard With a Criminal Record?

In most cases, the Illinois National Guard can’t take people with a criminal history. However, if you want to join the Guard and you have a criminal record, you have a few options – including criminal record expungement and asking the National Guard to let you in despite your record.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Can You Join the Military With an Illinois Criminal Record?


If you're like many people, you're looking into expungement so you can get a job - and for some people, that job is in the military. 

So can you join the military with a criminal record in Illinois?

Here's what you need to know.

Can You Join the Military With an Illinois Criminal Record?

When you want to join the military, you'll sign a form that gives your recruiter permission to conduct a background check.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

How to Get a Record Expunged in Roseland in Chicago


If you're in Roseland - including Fernwood, Lilydale and Princeton Park - and you have a criminal record that's preventing you from finding a place to live, getting a job or holding you back in other ways, we might be able to help you with criminal record expungement.

Related: Can a criminal history prevent you from getting a house in Chicago?

How to Get a Record Expunged in Roseland in Chicago

Expungement is the process of clearing your criminal record - what it does is wipe your slate clean so you get a fresh start. In an expungement, your criminal records are either destroyed or returned to you.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Do I Qualify for Expungement in Illinois?


If you're like most people who have a criminal record - and anyone who's ever been arrested has a criminal record - you're wondering whether you qualify for expungement in Illinois. Not everyone does, but in many cases, those who don't qualify for expungement in Illinois do qualify for criminal record sealing.

So how do you know if you qualify for expungement in Illinois?

Do I Qualify for Expungement in Illinois?

Your record can be expunged if you were found not guilty of the charges or if the state dismissed the charges against you, as long as you meet other criteria. Some people are eligible to expunge certain misdemeanors, too. For example, if you were sentenced to supervision for crimes like a first-time pot violation, illegal use of alcohol or other crimes, you could be eligible to clear them from your record.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

How to Expunge Retail Theft From Your Record


If you’re like most people who have a criminal record that involves retail theft, you’d probably like to have it expunged.

And there’s good news: If you were charged with retail theft but never convicted, you may be eligible for expungement. If you don’t qualify for expungement because you were convicted of retail theft, you might still be able to have your criminal record sealed.


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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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