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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 [...]

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.[...]

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Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

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Protests that are moving across America are meant to highlight racism in the United States and how it plays out in numerous ways in our society each day. In doing this, these protests are also highlighting the myriad ways that the criminal justice system in this country must be reformed… and starting to make those reforms a reality.

Here are just a few of the criminal justice reforms that activists are working on to help ensure all Americans are free [...]

The Right Way for Private Citizens to Sell Firearms in Illinois

Gun Crimes | Weapons Charges

Illinois has strict and often confusing laws surrounding the rights of private citizens to sell firearms in the state. If you are interested in selling firearms as a private citizen, it is essential that you fully understand what these rights and limitations are. 

Failure to understand these laws and properly comply with them can otherwise lead to the serious charge of firearms trafficking. 

We’ll discuss exactly what firearms trafficking is and what the penalties are for violating this law. Then [...]

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