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:
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.