Expungements and Record Sealing

An arrest record can cause any number of issues for you regardless of the outcome of that arrest. When a potential employer or landlord runs a background check before hiring you or before renting you a home, they will see that you have been arrested. Many believe that unless there was a conviction after an arrest they will have no concerns but this is not the case.  One must take a proactive approach to have their arrest record expunged and if there was a conviction to have the conviction expunged or sealed.

Chicago Expungements and Record Sealing Attorney

Before filing the necessary paperwork to have your record expunged or sealed, it will be necessary to obtain a complete criminal record history.  This involved obtaining all records for every arrest including the arresting agency and the outcome of the charges, even if those charges were dismissed.

Once your criminal defense attorney has obtained all appropriate documents, a determination will be made as to whether you are eligible for an expungement, sealing or whether a governor’s pardon is appropriate.  In order to be expunged an arrest must:

  • Arrest without a conviction – When charges are dropped or you are found not guilty, in most cases, these cases can be expunged from your record.
  • Certain Drug Convictions – Drug convictions involving 710 or 1410 probation or those with TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities) probation may be expunged in many cases if you have successfully met all the terms of probation.
  • Certain misdemeanor offenses – In some instances, the court may find you guilty and place you on a supervised leave. If you met all the requirements, have not been arrested since the supervision and more than two years have passed, your record may be expunged.
  • Sealing of Records – Those who were convicted and served time on a misdemeanor offense not eligible for expungement may be eligible to have their record sealed.

Contact Jacobs & Wang, LLC

A careless mistake can dog you for a lifetime but in some cases, you may be able to have your record permanently sealed from public view. This process to have your record expunged is not easy and in some cases, a court hearing may be necessary and the State’s Attorney may object which would entitle you to a hearing before a judge.

None of us should have to live our entire lives paying for a simple mistake but in many cases people do. If you are interested in determining whether your arrest record is eligible to be expunged or sealed, contact Jacobs & Wang, LLC at 630-712-9264 for a case review.

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