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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 [...]

FAQs About Sealing or Expunging Illinois Juvenile Records

Everyone makes mistakes as a teenager. Unfortunately, some of life’s lessons can follow us into adulthood. Criminal charges from your youth may continue to affect you as an adult and you may not even know it.

For this reason, Illinois legislators offer former offenders the chance for a “do-over” through expungement and record sealing.

These laws are especially lenient if you committed crimes before you turned 18. Today’s post covers some of the most common questions we answer about the [...]

How Illinois Juvenile Convictions Impact College Admissions

Your child has top grades, a slew of extracurriculars, and the SAT/ACT scores they need to get into the school of their dreams. If they also have a juvenile record, though, their chances of getting into college at all are severely compromised.

Did you know that most colleges require applicants to disclose their criminal history, even for offenses committed as a juvenile?

Having any kind of criminal record, even for offenses committed before the age of 18, can severely hamper [...]

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 [...]

IL Criminal Record Hurting Your Kid’s College Chances? Do Something

Everyone makes mistakes – especially kids and teens. Unfortunately, if those mistakes involved law enforcement, the record of these mistakes can follow them for years after they have served their sentence.

 

A college degree can turn your child’s life around and put them on a path to success. Criminal records, however, can prevent your child from getting that degree.

 

Colleges began asking applicants about their criminal history just over 10 years ago. Now, up to 80% of private [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]

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