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Can I Get My Record Expunged in Illinois?
If you’ve been arrested on criminal charges, you might be concerned about your record. While an arrest may not be as serious as a criminal conviction, it can still hurt your future and affect your record. That leaves many people wondering if they can get their record expunged in Illinois.
While a record expungement is a possibility for many Illinois residents, keep in mind that there are exceptions, and getting your record expunged may not be easy. Talk to your lawyer at Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ about your options when dealing with your criminal record.
Eligibility for Expungement
Your first step is determining whether you’re eligible for expunging your record. Your Illinois defense attorney can review the details of your case and help you decide whether you’re eligible for expungement. If not, they can help you determine what steps to take to lessen the impact of your record on your life.
If you were charged with a felony or misdemeanor, but you were found not guilty of the charges, you may be eligible for expungement. You may also seek expungement if the charges against you were dismissed by the state.
Even if you were found guilty of certain crimes, you may still be eligible for expungement. For example, if you were pardoned or if you’re under supervision for less severe crimes like retail theft, you may still be eligible for expungement. Because you may still have options, it’s best to talk to your Illinois expungement lawyer about your individual case.
Getting Your Illinois Criminal Record Expunged
Once you’ve determined whether you’re eligible to file for expungement at all, you’ll need to act to get your case expunged. Your expungement attorney can help you act now to get your record cleared.
First, you’ll need to complete the paperwork showing you’re eligible for expungement. Your lawyer can help you through this process, so you can be sure you have the best chance possible for expungement.
From there, you’ll get your court date, where your attorney will represent you and argue why you should have your record expunged.
After that, your request will be approved or denied. If you’re approved, your case will be expunged, so you don’t have to face the penalties of past cases.
Talk to Your Criminal Defense Attorney for Help
When dealing with a criminal record, it can be tough to get your record completely clean. If you were arrested, you might have a chance to fight back, but a criminal conviction can hurt you future and leave you without many options to recover from these accusations.
That’s where a lawyer from Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ can help you recover. We understand that you’re struggling with the aftermath of your arrest and charges, and we’re ready to help you fight back. If you’re trying to get your record expunged and you’re not sure where to begin, reach out to our criminal defense attorneys for help.
Get started by calling 312-519-3171. You can also fill out the following online form for more information.