Can I Expunge my Record in Illinois?
In certain cases, some individuals in Illinois will be able to expunge their record. Expunging a record can be beneficial in helping you get a job, obtain a loan, rent a house or home, or for adoption. IN addition, expungement can give you peace of mind in knowing that you can answer the question “How you ever been convicted of a crime” in a more positive light. Not everyone is eligible to expunge their record, and there are very clear stipulations about who is not eligible to take advantage of this option. If your charges are ultimately dismissed or if your charges lead to a disposition of court supervision. Only persons who have never been convicted of a criminal offense or municipal ordinance violation can take advantage of expunging the record. Getting your record expunged is expected to take a minimum of several months. Illinois has 60 days to object to your Petition to Expunge or Petition to Seal. Of course, the pending case load on the docket for the jurisdiction in which you file will also affect the length of time it takes to get your record expunged. For this reason, you should move forward relatively quickly in order to ensure that your expungement has occurred before you apply for any new jobs or apply for loans, for example. Although you are not required to retain a lawyer for the purposes of filing an expungement petition, it’s recommended that you hire a professional for this process. Since your criminal record can have such a serious impact on your life after the charges have been brought forward, it should only be handled by an experienced professional. If you are ready to have a fresh start and get an incident expunged from your criminal record, contact an Illinois criminal attorney today.