Dozens of people were exonerated in 2014, including many in Chicago–and that’s great news. While it’s always better to avoid wrongful convictions, the point is that "prosecutors are much more willing to see identifying errors as a positive part of their job," said Michigan law professor Samuel Gross. Read more…
Making a mistake that leads to a criminal record can change the trajectory of your life. However, in Illinois, there’s a glimmer of hope. With the possibility of expunging or sealing your record, you might be able to leave the past behind and pave a smoother path forward. But what do you need to know about this process? Let’s uncover the key facts together.
We all make mistakes. But for those with a criminal record, those mistakes can become a looming shadow, affecting various aspects of life long after paying one’s dues. However, there’s hope. In the state of Illinois, people have the option to expunge or seal their criminal record. But after taking that step, a crucial question arises: if you expunge your record, do you have to tell anyone about your past? Read More
If you’ve ever been convicted of a crime, you’re likely well-aware of the initial consequences: fines, probation, or even jail time. But after serving your time or paying your dues, you might feel you should be able to move on. However, a criminal record can follow you longer than you might think. That’s where the possibility of expungement or sealing your record comes into play.