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Category: Expungement / Sealing Records
In early July, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Public Safety passed a resolution encouraging Springfield lawmakers to expand criminal record sealing and allow more offenders to have their records sealed sooner. The resolution does not make any legislative changes, but it does indicate that more reforms are on the way.
What might this mean for you if you have a criminal record? First let’s take a look at what criminal record sealing is and how it works in [...]
If you are facing criminal charges, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is your criminal record. After all, the idea of spending time in prison, paying exorbitant fines, or even having to deal with something like community service or a driver’s license suspension seems like a far bigger deal.
But what you may not realize is that having a criminal record dramatically decreases the odds that you can find a job, rent an apartment in a good neighborhood, [...]
For many past offenders who are looking to turn their life around, expunging or sealing their record is an important step towards moving past old mistakes. Through doing so, most people hope to apply confidently for higher paying jobs, colleges, housing, and federal resources. A black mark on your permanent record can close many doors. The hope is that through the process of expungement or sealing, those doors will be opened again.
The unfortunate truth is that many parties [...]
Whether you were convicted of tax evasion or charged with petty theft, a tarnished criminal record can cause a lot of problems long after the crime was committed. Landlords might refuse to rent an apartment to you. Banks might deny you for a loan. College admissions officers could reject you for university admission or scholarship. Employers might not hire you for a job.
Thanks to the advent of the internet and growth of information technology, employers, landlords, and the [...]
August 7, 2022
Child Pornography | Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking
In Illinois, internet sex crimes are being prosecuted at increasing levels. That’s partly because of how common communication online is today, which has led to the creation of a specialized police unit that investigates crimes online, including sex crimes.
Just like with any other sex crime, internet sex crimes are very serious charges. A conviction for sex crimes related to the internet can throw your life into turmoil, leaving you facing serious felony charges and even decades in prison if [...]
July 29, 2022
It’s not uncommon for a marriage to end in divorce. In most cases that move through the divorce courts of Illinois, the court encourages people to work together to come to agreements on a divorce decree. If an agreement cannot be reached, then the next best route it to settle the divorce in court.
When domestic violence is thrown into the divorce mix, it can make things a whole lot more complicated. That’s because, in cases where domestic violence is [...]