If you get arrested for a crime here in Illinois, a criminal record of that arrest exists. Each arrest becomes another black mark on that record. Even if you weren’t convicted, you still have a criminal record. Having a criminal record creates problems and can limit employment or housing opportunities. An arrest can make it challenging to get a job, rent an apartment or home, get a bank loan, receive student loans, or secure a degree or professional certification.
Fortunately, there is a way to clean the slate when it comes to your criminal record.
An expungement is the legal process of removing an arrest and conviction from your criminal record. Expunging a conviction is a way to remove the arrest and conviction, so it is no longer a matter of public record. Future employers and landlords will not find out about your arrest through a background check. This means that the mistakes in your past stay there and won’t affect your future.
Most misdemeanors and even some felony convictions are eligible to be expunged. A petition to expunge the conviction needs to be filed with the court. If you meet the requirements, your petition should be granted. Once the petition is granted, it usually takes between 4 to 6 months for a conviction to be erased from your record.
As an experienced expungement lawyer in Will County, I aggressively defend my clients’ rights in the face of any charges, using my experience in state and federal court to achieve the best possible results. I also am equally tenacious about seeking to get records of criminal convictions expunged for clients when they meet the statutory requirements. My familiarity with local courthouses and experience on both sides of the criminal justice system helps me to help you.
I can evaluate your case to determine if you meet the basic requirements, help you with complicated paperwork, and ensure that your petition is completed successfully. Contact me today for a free consult.
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