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Archives for: December 1st, 2021

Want a Truly Happy Holiday? Get Your IL Record Sealed or Expunged

In Illinois, it’s possible to have some criminal records sealed or expunged. Of course, pursuing a sealing or expungement can take time, effort, and money, but it’s worth it.

Want to know more about sealing and expungement in Illinois, and why it’s a gift you should consider giving to yourself this holiday season? Read on to find out more, including how you can pursue sealing and expungemen t– and why you should even bother to try.

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Your Guide to Record Sealing and Expungement in IL: FAQs

Anyone who has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Illinois knows that the court process can be complicated. What many people don’t realize is that simply being arrested for a crime can impact your future, even if you’re never found guilty.

How is this possible? Because arrests go on your criminal record.

Criminal records are often inspected when applying for loans, places to live, and even a job. That’s why if you have a criminal record, it’s important [...]

Sealing Your IL Criminal Record: An Alternative Option to Expungement

If you’ve got a criminal record, then you know what a big impact it can have on your life. Criminal records can affect everything from employment to housing — they can even make it difficult to secure loans for schooling.

Luckily, for anyone who has been convicted of certain crimes involving marijuana in Illinois, there may be a beacon of hope. Now that recreational use is legal in the state, nearly 800,000 previous offenders will be eligible to clear their [...]

How to Get a Job in Illinois If You Have a Criminal Record

You were arrested for a crime you did or didn’t commit. You served your time – or may have been found innocent.

You’re probably thinking the whole thing is behind you now and you can get back on with your life. Unfortunately, you now have a criminal record in Illinois, and it’s probably going to be a lot harder to get a job.

When you find yourself in such a situation, you’re going to need to know what kind of [...]

Did You Know You’re Paying Not to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record?

You’ve served your time and paid off fines for your crimes. Everything should go back to normal, right?

Not so much.

Even if you are only arrested, or if you are charged but acquitted on those charges, it creates a criminal record. A record that will follow you if you don’t take action.

Having a conviction on your record is especially hard because state and federal laws automatically ban you from holding certain positions, getting certain jobs, and even exercising [...]

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What Are The Signs Of Sex Trafficking in IL?

Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is a crime taken very seriously in Illinois. Being accused of it can have a big impact on your life – and being convicted of it can shift the trajectory of your path forever.

For many people, sex trafficking is something that is only seen on television and in movies, but the truth is that it happens in plain sight every single day. If you know what to look for, you may be able to understand when sex [...]

IL Drug Crimes: When Are They a Class X Felony?

Drug Crimes

There are federal laws against drugs, but these cases are handled at the state level most of the time. Due to this division, you can find varying laws between states when it comes to drugs – and some states are harsher than others.

Illinois has drug laws that run the gamut, from misdemeanor crimes to the most serious of felonies, known as Class X felonies. A Class X felony conviction can have a serious and lasting impact on your life, [...]