If you’re like many people who want to clear a criminal record, you know that it’ll be easier if you have an attorney take care of the process for you. For most people, it all starts with a free case review – but when you’re talking to a lawyer about your situation, what should you ask? Here’s what you need to know.
What Should You Ask a Lawyer About Expungement?
When you call an attorney for a free case review about clearing your criminal record, you should ask several questions, including:
- How much experience do you have with expungement or sealing?
- Is expungement or sealing right for me?
- What kind of supporting documentation should I provide to you?
- How long will it take?
- How much does expungement cost?
Here’s a closer look at each.
How much experience do you have with expungement or sealing?
Ideally, you’ll work with a Chicago expungement attorney who’s been focusing on this area of law for several years. Expungement can be complicated – particularly if someone like the state’s attorney objects to a petition – so you want to work with an attorney who has experience on his side.
Is expungement or sealing right for me?
Some offenses aren’t eligible for expungement, which means you may have to opt for criminal record sealing. When you talk to an attorney about your case, he’ll know off-hand whether you’re eligible for expungement or sealing.
What kind of supporting documentation should I provide to you?
Depending on the type of petition you’re filing (and what your original offenses were), your attorney may need different supporting documentation. For example, in some cases, your lawyer will need to show the court that you’ve completed a drug rehabilitation course; in others, he may need to provide proof that you completed your sentence of supervision. Your lawyer will tell you what types of supporting documentation you’ll need for your case.
How long will it take?
Expungement and sealing are both processes – neither one can happen overnight. Your attorney can let you know how long it’ll take him to fill out and file all the appropriate paperwork for your case, as well as how long it’s likely to take to reach a judge’s desk.
How much does expungement cost?
Perhaps one of the most important questions you can ask is how much it will cost you to clear your criminal record. (Remember, too, that you can try a DIY expungement if you’re looking to save money.)
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Expunging or Sealing Your Criminal Record?
If you need to talk to a lawyer about clearing your criminal record, call us for a free case review. We’re available at 847-920-4540 and we’ll be happy to talk to you about your case.