All too often, people are affected by arrests of their past. Perhaps you made a mistake in your youth, or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nevertheless, a mistake of the past should not affect your future — herein lies the important of an expungement or sealing.
My clients are often unaware that arrests that resulted in a dismissal, supervision, or acquittal remain on record and can still be accessed by police agencies and the general public. Most people are not aware that a criminal record can be expunged or sealed under Illinois law. Those with qualifying arrests, court supervision sentences, and even certain convictions may file a petition with the court to expunge or seal records.
Certain convictions are not eligible for an expungement or sealing. However, new legislation in Illinois will expand the eligibility of those eligible for a sealing. At Xpunge Chicago, our ultimate goal is to expunge your past and expand your future. Former prosecutor Matt Fakhoury will handle your petition from start to finish and vigorously defend you should the state object to the granting of your expungement or sealing. Please call Xpunge Chicago today for a free case review — 847-920-4540.
If you’re expunging your criminal record in Illinois, you must first make sure you’re eligible. So what do you look for on your record to determine whether you’re eligible for criminal record clearing?
Here’s what you need to know.
Expunging Your Record? Here’s What to Look For
When you talk to a Chicago expungement attorney about clearing your criminal record, you’ll need a complete copy of your record. If you
Clearing your criminal record through sealing gives you a fresh start – it means that most people will never be able to see your history through a regular background check. However, there are seven criminal offenses you can never seal in Illinois; they must stay on your criminal record forever unless you receive a pardon from the governor or they’re vacated or reversed.