Many people who are arrested but subsequently get their case dismissed are under the mistaken belief that the case is automatically expunged from their record. The fact of the matter is that expunging your record is NOT automatic. In fact, the court file and police reports will remain in the system available for the public to view even if the case is ultimately thrown out.
When an arrest occurs, the arresting police agency creates a file on you. At that point, your fingerprints are sent to the Illinois State Police and they generate a file on you as well. Lastly, a court file is also generated once you go to court.
In order to clear your criminal record, you must apply for an expungement to erase any traces of the arrest or court case. The expungement process is not automatic even if your case was dismissed.
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If you’re like many people, you’ve considered having your criminal record expunged – but what is expungement, and could it be the right choice for you? Check out this Illinois expungement FAQ to learn more, and if you don’t see the answers to your questions here, call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case review with an experienced attorney now.
If you’re like most people, you know that having a criminal record can hold you back – and a record is the last thing you want hanging over your head. Fortunately, many people who have criminal records are eligible for expungement or sealing. In fact, people all over the Northwest Side, which includes Portage Park, Irving Park, Dunning, Montclare, Belmont Cragin, and Hermosa, have gotten a fresh start through criminal