Expungement

Expungement

The economy today is very difficult. Unemployment is currently at approximately 10%. In the information age that we live in today, most employers do extensive background checks before hiring. Even if you have only been arrested once and the charge was later dismissed - you still have a public criminal record. Don't let a criminal record stand in your way.

In Illinois there are three ways to clear or clean up your public criminal record:


  • Expungement
  • Sealing
  • Executive Clemency (also known as a Governor's Pardon)

Which option is appropriate for you will depend on the following factors:


  • Do you have any convictions in your background?
  • What was the sentence that you received?
  • What was the disposition of your cases?
  • What offenses have you been arrested for?
  • What offenses have you been sentenced for?

Expungement: Only certain types of records are expungable. Where expungement is allowed the record is physically destroyed, and the records cannot be viewed by anyone including law enforcement.

Sealing: Certain criminal dispositions cannot be expunged. However, certain types of misdemeanor and felony convictions can be sealed. When a record is sealed, it is no longer accessible by members of the public or non-governmental employers.

Executive Clemency or Governor's Pardon: If you do not qualify for expungement or sealing - this is your only option. The Governor of Illinois, as a matter of discretion, may issue a pardon and an executive order to expunge the conviction.

Please note - expunging or sealing your record does not happen automatically. You must take the initiative to clear your record.

Contact me for a free initial confidential consultation to determine which option is appropriate for your situation.


Contact me for a free initial consultation.

Cook County Courthouse
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