Expungement is a common legal procedure that clears a criminal record of someone with an old conviction. Typically, the rules for expungement require that 2 years pass after a misdemeanor conviction and all related court obligations are met. If you were merely arrested and/or had your case dismissed, you may be eligible to have those events expunged much more quickly.
Many Colleges, civic organizations, and job placement agencies now hold seminars on how to complete Expungement paperwork. The reason for the increased demand? – Cheap and easy background checks on the internet make anyone’s criminal record simple to find. And a criminal charge in your past can prevent you from getting a job, or impact your life in many other ways. Even an arrest without a conviction can show up and cause you difficulty.
The paperwork for expungement isn’t terribly complicated, but the process can be lengthy and confusing. Your request must be reviewed by a number of law enforcement agencies, and approved by a judge. Also, many offenses, such as drunk driving, sexual offenses, and most felonies are ineligible to be expunged.
If you need help with an expungement in Illinois, please contact our criminal attorneys.