Were you arrested as a juvenile? If so, did you know that your juvenile record can be used against you, even after you reach adulthood? Whenever a juvenile is arrested, records are kept by both Illinois courts and law enforcement agencies.
It is a widely held misconception that a juvenile record is automatically expunged once an individual turns 18. Sadly, however, this is incorrect. You must petition the court to have your juvenile record expunged or sealed. You will have a juvenile record even if your case was dismissed or resulted in an acquittal.
Despite what you may think, a juvenile record can PREVENT you from getting a job, furthering your education, joining the military, or becoming a US citizen. Your juvenile record is not always private. When you authorize a background check, your juvenile arrest will appear, even after your 18th birthday.
If you were arrested as a juvenile, call XpungeChicago today. Expunging your juvenile record will ensure that what you did as a youth will not adversely affect the rest of your life. Call 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.