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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The basic idea behind expungement in Illinois is to give people with a criminal record a fresh start. This process, also known as record clearing or expungement, involves having your criminal records sealed. When your records are sealed, the court order restricts public access and prevents employers, landlords, and other third parties from seeing them.
In Illinois, expungement of criminal records is regulated by the Criminal Identification Act (20
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