When you get your criminal record expunged in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, interested parties – such as the Illinois State Police, the state’s attorney and others – have the chance to object to your expungement. If someone does, here’s what you need to know.
What to Do if Someone Objects to Your Expungement
First things first: There are several reasons an interested party may object to your expungement. However, just because someone objects, that doesn’t mean that the judge assigned to your case will agree – you can still get your record expunged if the judge feels you deserve a fresh start.
If someone does object to your expungement, your attorney will let you know. You may be entitled to a hearing, and your lawyer can represent you at that hearing.
Going to a Hearing During Your Expungement
If you have a hearing, your lawyer can tell you what to wear. You should dress as conservatively as possible, such as:
Neat hair and clean nails
Don’t wear jeans and a T-shirt unless you have nothing else; even then, make sure your T-shirt doesn’t have anything that a judge would find questionable or inappropriate.
Your lawyer will do the talking for you – but you may be asked to speak as well. You should discuss this possibility with your attorney before the hearing so you know what to expect and how to respond to questions.
You may have heard that – with very few exceptions – you can’t expunge a conviction from your criminal record in Illinois. That’s true, but what is a conviction for expungement purposes? This guide explains.
What is a Conviction for Expungement Purposes?
A conviction is a finding of guilt that results in incarceration (jail or prison), probation, a conditional discharge, fine, or time served. If the court finds you guilty,
If you were found not guilty of a crime, you still have a criminal record. In fact, you still have a criminal record even if you were arrested and never charged with a crime. But do you need expungement if you were found not guilty or if you were arrested and never charged? This guide helps you decide.
Do You Need Expungement if You Were Found Not Guilty of a
If you’re like many people, you’ve decided that you need a fresh start through criminal record expungement – but how long does an expungement take in Illinois, and what will you be required to provide? This guide explains.
How Long Does an Expungement Take in Illinois?
In Illinois, expungement takes at least a few months. That’s because the state of Illinois and its agencies – such as the Illinois State