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Category: Criminal Record Sealing

Sealing vs Expunging in IL: Which Is Better

Sealing and expunging are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but the truth is they are two very different things – and they’ll accomplish different things in the state of Illinois as well.

Is it better to have your record expunged or sealed in the state? In some cases, you do have a choice of which one you would like to go through – so which is the best choice? Read on to find out.

Who Can Choose Between[...]

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 Exactly Does Someone Get a Criminal Record in Illinois?

If someone gets arrested and then convicted for a crime, they will have a criminal record. Most people understand this innately.What if you beat your charge, though? Will you still have a criminal record? What if you never set foot in a courtroom? At what point is a criminal record created.

 

In this post, we’re going to tell you specifically how someone get a criminal record, and which misconceptions commonly confuse people. Then we’ll explain how to get [...]

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Understanding the Burden of Proof in Chicago Burglary Cases

Burglary

Burglary cases in Chicago, like all criminal cases, hinge on the concept of the burden of proof. Understanding this legal principle is crucial for both prosecutors and defense attorneys as they navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system. In this blog, we will delve into the burden of proof in Chicago burglary cases, exploring what prosecutors must demonstrate to secure a conviction and how defense attorneys work to challenge that proof. Additionally, we will discuss the importance of building [...]

Criminal Trespass and Civil Rights in IL: Discrimination and Profiling

Criminal Trespass

Criminal trespass laws are essential for protecting property rights and maintaining public safety. However, the enforcement of these laws can sometimes intersect with civil rights protections, leading to issues such as discrimination, racial profiling, and selective enforcement. In Chicago, individuals facing criminal trespass charges may be caught in these complex dynamics’ crosshairs. In this blog, we will explore the intersection of criminal trespass laws and civil rights protections in Illinois, shedding light on the challenges posed by discrimination and profiling [...]