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Category: Expungement / Sealing Records

Can You Get Your IL Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged?

If you have a criminal record in Illinois, it can negatively impact your entire life. A criminal record can limit your employment opportunities, make it harder to find housing, and even harm your ability to obtain a loan or credit. 

Fortunately, Illinois law provides for the sealing and expungement of criminal records, allowing eligible individuals to move on from their past mistakes and start anew. The key word in that sentence, however, is “eligible.” You can only have your record [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Supporting Survivors of Exploitation in Chicago Prostitution Trials

Prostitution & Solicitation

Facing prostitution charges in Chicago can be an overwhelming and distressing experience, particularly for individuals who have experienced exploitation or trauma. In this blog post, we will examine the importance of trauma-informed defense strategies and how criminal defense attorneys can provide compassionate and supportive representation to survivors of exploitation in prostitution trials. By prioritizing the well-being of their clients and understanding the complex factors underlying their involvement in prostitution, defense attorneys can effectively advocate for their rights and mitigate the [...]

How Chicago’s Legal Landscape Shapes Drug Possession Charges

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession

In understanding drug possession charges in Chicago, it’s essential to explore how the city’s legal landscape has evolved over time to shape the enforcement of drug laws. From historical policies to contemporary approaches, Chicago’s approach to drug possession offenses is influenced by various factors, including legislative changes, law enforcement practices, and societal attitudes toward drug use and addiction.

Historical Context

Like many cities across the United States, Chicago has grappled with drug-related issues for decades. In the mid-20th century, the [...]