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Category: Record Sealing

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?[...]

Did You Know You’re Paying Not to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record?

You’ve served your time and paid off fines for your crimes. Everything should go back to normal, right?

Not so much.

Even if you are only arrested, or if you are charged but acquitted on those charges, it creates a criminal record. A record that will follow you if you don’t take action.

Having a conviction on your record is especially hard because state and federal laws automatically ban you from holding certain positions, getting certain jobs, and even exercising [...]

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.[...]

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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Understanding the Burden of Proof in Chicago Burglary Cases

Burglary

Burglary cases in Chicago, like all criminal cases, hinge on the concept of the burden of proof. Understanding this legal principle is crucial for both prosecutors and defense attorneys as they navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system. In this blog, we will delve into the burden of proof in Chicago burglary cases, exploring what prosecutors must demonstrate to secure a conviction and how defense attorneys work to challenge that proof. Additionally, we will discuss the importance of building [...]

Criminal Trespass and Civil Rights in IL: Discrimination and Profiling

Criminal Trespass

Criminal trespass laws are essential for protecting property rights and maintaining public safety. However, the enforcement of these laws can sometimes intersect with civil rights protections, leading to issues such as discrimination, racial profiling, and selective enforcement. In Chicago, individuals facing criminal trespass charges may be caught in these complex dynamics’ crosshairs. In this blog, we will explore the intersection of criminal trespass laws and civil rights protections in Illinois, shedding light on the challenges posed by discrimination and profiling [...]