What is Criminal Background Expungement?

, What is Criminal Background Expungement?

Criminal background expungement, commonly just called expungement, is a process that clears a person’s criminal record.

Why Would Someone Want Criminal Background Expungement?

Sometimes having a criminal record can stop you from getting a good job, finding a place to live, or even getting a line of credit. Because the public sometimes looks unfavorably at people who have criminal backgrounds, it often makes sense to have criminal records cleared away as a means of getting a fresh start.

Who Can Get Criminal Background Expungement?

You can find out if you’re eligible for criminal background expungement here, but typically to qualify, you must have:

  • Your entire criminal record (if you can’t get it, your expungement attorney can run a background check to help you)
  • No charges pending against you right now
  • A final disposition in the case you wish to expunge
  • No convictions, with very few exceptions (your expungement lawyer can help you determine whether you qualify)

About House Bill 2373 

If you don’t qualify for criminal background expungement, you might still qualify for sealing – even if you have a felony on your record, thanks to House Bill 2373

HB 2373 allows several felonies to be sealed, except those involving

  • DUI and reckless driving
  • Animal crimes
  • Sex crimes except prostitution and misdemeanor public indecency
  • Domestic battery and violations of orders of protection

Your best bet is to talk to an attorney who understands Illinois expungement law and who will work hard to give you a clean slate.

Do You Need to Talk to an Expungement Attorney About Criminal Background Expungement?

If you have a criminal record that’s held you back in any way, it might be time to talk to a Chicago expungement attorney who can help.

Call us right away at 847-920-4540 for a free case review. If we can help you, we’ll tell you exactly what we need from you to get started on your case.