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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You may have heard that – with very few exceptions – you can’t expunge a conviction from your criminal record in Illinois. That’s true, but what is a conviction for expungement purposes? This guide explains.
What is a Conviction for Expungement Purposes?
A conviction is a finding of guilt that results in incarceration (jail or prison), probation, a conditional discharge, fine, or time served. If the court finds you guilty,
If you were found not guilty of a crime, you still have a criminal record. In fact, you still have a criminal record even if you were arrested and never charged with a crime. But do you need expungement if you were found not guilty or if you were arrested and never charged? This guide helps you decide.
Do You Need Expungement if You Were Found Not Guilty of a
If you’re like many people, you’ve decided that you need a fresh start through criminal record expungement – but how long does an expungement take in Illinois, and what will you be required to provide? This guide explains.
How Long Does an Expungement Take in Illinois?
In Illinois, expungement takes at least a few months. That’s because the state of Illinois and its agencies – such as the Illinois State