What Happens After Your Criminal Record is Expunged in Chicago?

If you’re like many people, you’re not quite sure what happens to your criminal record after a judge expunges it. Further, what happens to you? This guide explains.

What Happens After Your Criminal Record is Expunged in Chicago?

After a judge orders your criminal record expunged, your record is destroyed or returned to you. After your record is actually expunged from all of the locations it was held, people will never know that you even had a criminal record unless you tell them.

That means you can move forward with your life.

Life After Expungement: How You Can Move Forward

There are plenty of reasons to have a criminal record expunged. Most people choose to clear their records so they can begin making progress toward their goals. Often, an expungement can help you with issues related to:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Professional licensing

Here’s a closer look at each.

Expungement and Employment

Many people have a hard time getting a job with a criminal record. That’s particularly true in some industries or professions that require background checks. However, if you expunge your criminal record, you may be able to increase your chances of being hired. You may also have access to more job opportunities that you didn’t have while your record was hanging over your head.

Expungement and Housing

Many landlords conduct background checks, and having a criminal record may make it tough for you to find housing. Sometimes, expungement can change all that. If you don’t have a record for a prospective landlord to find, they can’t hold it against you when you apply for a house or apartment rental.

Expungement and Education

Some educational programs require background checks. Even if the program you’re applying for lets you in despite your criminal record, you’ll most likely have to explain or provide some justification to wave any criminal history requirements the program has. If you expunge your record, you may have a better chance at getting the education you want.

Expungement and Professional Licensing

Some professions, such as health care, law and education, require professional licensing. Often, professional licensing requires a background check. If you don’t want to have to explain yourself or get waivers, you may prefer to expunge your criminal record. Again, when your criminal record is expunged, it’s destroyed or returned to you. That means there’s nothing for anyone to find when they search.

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Expungement or Sealing?

If you’re tired of your criminal past coming back to bite you, we may be able to help. Call us right now at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below so we can talk about your case.

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