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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 [...]

Why You Should Get Your Illinois Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged

There are many reasons why you should get your Illinois criminal record sealed or expunged, even for misdemeanor convictions. In this post, we’ll detail why this will benefit you and how a knowledgeable attorney can help.

 

Benefits to Sealing or Expunging Criminal Records in Illinois

 

You may not think that a prior misdemeanor conviction will have much impact on your life. Also, you may not know if record sealing will make a difference – but it really does.[...]

Understanding the Difference between Illinois Record Sealing and Expungement

Having a criminal record is a difficult burden to bear. Even if you were not convicted, any arrests made or charges brought against you remain on that record for everyone to see. It is a suspicious and embarrassing “black mark” on your record that can’t help but make people look at you in a different light.

 

Unfortunately, background checks are common for employment, housing, college, and loan applications, and any sign of a criminal record severely compromises these prospects. [...]

What Crimes Qualify for Record Sealing in Illinois?

Having a criminal record is not an easy burden to bear. Even if you received a not guilty verdict or had your charges dropped or dismissed, charges and arrests remain on your record.

 

Unfortunately, explaining the black marks on your record can erect a serious barrier between you and the job, education, or housing that you want. Worse, criminal records are completely public. All anyone needs to learn all about your past transgressions is an internet connection.

 

Luckily, [...]

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Men Aren’t Always the Aggressors in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases are increasing nationwide and are being highlighted in the media as a major problem in society today. In turn, domestic violence has received broader attention from lawmakers — and rightfully so.

There is a hidden epidemic, though: men can also be domestic violence victims.

In fact, the subject of domestic violence against men is recognized so little that many male victims of domestic violence don’t even recognize they are being abused.

Because of these societal norms, in [...]

Ways to Defend against an Illinois Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Shoplifting is common; so much so that many people see it as being no big deal. However, shoplifting is in fact a criminal offense taken very seriously by retailers and the state of Illinois.

Were you aware that shoplifting as little as $300 in merchandise is an automatic felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison? That’s an easy sum to reach these days — a couple of shirts and a nice bag, really.

Additionally, regardless of the value of items [...]

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