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Can I Expunge My Criminal Record?

Questions about expungement are very common, and this issue is vitally important to many people. A criminal record can disqualify you for life from many types of employment and can also interfere with the ability to get some student loans or certain housing. A finding of guilty, even if not resulting in a conviction, could also negatively affect your chance to work in certain general types of jobs, like law enforcement or teaching.

We all deserve a second chance to move past our mistakes, and expunging your old case or cases is the best way to do that. Upon a successful expungement, all records of the arrest are destroyed, including police reports, fingerprints and booking photos. Your name and case number are erased from the circuit clerk's office database as well. The general public and even law enforcement will be unable to view your case after it is expunged.

It is important to note that you may only file to expunge cases prosecuted in the State of Illinois. Federal and out-of-state cases cannot be expunged or sealed.

These cases can be expunged:

  • Illinois 2014 Expungement Law expands to certain Class 4 felony drug offenses and Class 3 or 4 Theft, Retail Theft or Criminal Damage to Property charges can now receive special probation that if completed successfully can lead to the case being expunged.
  • First Offender Probation for felony Possession of Cannabis/Controlled Substance.
  • TASC Probation for certain felony cases.
  • Misdemeanor cases where you received court supervision.
  • Any time any charge is dismissed.
  • Any time you have been found not guilty.

Contact our office at (630) 480-0604 to discuss the details of your particular case.

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