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Category: Expungement

Sealing vs Expunging in IL: Which Is Better

Sealing and expunging are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but the truth is they are two very different things – and they’ll accomplish different things in the state of Illinois as well.

Is it better to have your record expunged or sealed in the state? In some cases, you do have a choice of which one you would like to go through – so which is the best choice? Read on to find out.

Who Can Choose Between[...]

Why Should You Have Your IL Criminal Record Sealed?

Having your criminal record sealed in Illinois greatly benefits those with a criminal history. While not every conviction can be sealed or expunged, those eligible to have their criminal records sealed can get a boost from going through the process and getting it done.

What is criminal record sealing, how is it different from expungement, who qualifies, and how can it benefit you? Read on to find out the answers to these questions!

What Is Criminal Record Sealing in Illinois?[...]

Half a Million Illinois Cannabis Cases Expunged

The legalization of marijuana in Illinois has led to some amazing things for residents of the state. Chief among them? Thousands of cannabis offenders who have had their records expunged due to marijuana’s legalization in the state.

WGN has reported that Governor Pritzker recently announced that almost 500,000 criminal cannabis cases are now eligible for expungement and forgiveness.

Illinois’ governor issued a pardon for nearly 10,000 cannabis convictions while the State Police wiped the records clean of 492,000 non-felony cannabis [...]

How a Criminal Record Can Affect Your Life

Being arrested for your alleged involvement in a crime can be an upsetting experience in itself. Even if you manage to get the charges dropped or the case dismissed, you still have to go through lengthy, and often emotionally taxing legal procedures. And if you are unfortunate enough to be convicted of a crime, there may be prison sentences, jail time, or hefty fines to deal with.

 

Sadly, these consequences are just the beginning of how an arrest, charge, [...]

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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 [...]