If you’re like most people, you know that having a criminal record can hold you back – and a record is the last thing you want hanging over your head. Fortunately, many people who have criminal records are eligible for expungement or sealing. In fact, people all over the Northwest Side, which includes Portage Park, Irving Park, Dunning, Montclare, Belmont Cragin, and Hermosa, have gotten a fresh start through criminal
If you’re like many people with a criminal record, you want to know whether it’s going to follow you around forever. In some cases, a criminal record can prevent you from getting a job, finding a decent place to live or even getting credit.
So who can get a criminal record expunged in Illinois?
Here’s what you need to know.
Who Can Get a Criminal Record Expunged in Illinois?
Not everyone is eligible for criminal record expungement in Illinois. Only certain crimes can be expunged – some stay on your record forever. You can’t expunge violent crimes, such as domestic battery, animal cruelty or homicide. You can’t usually expunge felonies, either (although there are some exceptions, such as honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been convicted of some drug crimes).
Typically, you can’t expunge actual convictions. There are exceptions to that, too, though – in some cases, when you’re sentenced to probation and you successfully complete it, you could be eligible to clear your record through expungement.
What Crimes Can You Expunge?
If you were arrested and never charged, your charges were dropped or your case was dismissed, you most likely can expunge your record.
What if You’re Not Eligible for Expungement?
Some people who aren’t eligible for expungement may still be eligible for criminal record sealing. Sealing is similar to expungement, but with sealing, your record still exists. Most people won’t be able to see your record if it’s sealed; it’ll only be available to law enforcement, the military, the courts and some employers (such as those in the healthcare field).
Only certain crimes can be sealed, though. If you’re not sure whether you qualify, your best bet is to get in touch with Chicago expungement attorney who can evaluate your case and tell you about your options.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Expungement or Sealing?
If you need to talk to an attorney about your situation, we can help. Call 847-920-4540 for a free case review now. If it’s easier, you can fill out the contact form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.