If a Criminal Case Is Dismissed, Does It Stay on Your Record?

It may be a huge relief to know your case was dismissed. You’re no longer concerned about jail time, a lengthy prison sentence, or fines that could bankrupt you. 

But that doesn’t mean you have a clean record now. An Illinois defense attorney may have helped you get your criminal case dismissed, but does it stay on your record? Your lawyer at Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ can help you there, too. 

Your Chicago Arrest Records Are Still There

When you’re arrested, the information about your arrest will still be there even if you’re not convicted of a crime. That means you don’t have a conviction on your record, but that arrest may still look bad on your record

For example, potential employers or landlords may note that you were arrested, even if you were never convicted. Because of your record, you could lose job opportunities and housing. 

You May Be Eligible for Expungement 

The good news is, you may be eligible for expungement. Your Chicago criminal defense lawyer can help you determine whether you’re eligible for expungement and walk you through the process. 

Typically, if you weren’t actually convicted of a crime, you have grounds to file for expungement. Expungement essentially means those records will be destroyed. Employers, reporters, landlords, and other members of the public won’t have access to those records. It’s like you were never arrested. 

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get your case expunged. If you’ve been accused of a crime, seek answers from a Chicago lawyer before you apply for expungement. 

Talk to Your Lawyer about Your Record

When you’re accused of breaking the law, that arrest and trial may stay on your record for some time. The good news is, you have a chance to avoid the penalties and losses you may suffer because of your record. If you need help getting a dismissed case off your record in Illinois, talk about your options with a lawyer from Chicago Trusted Attorneys™. Call 312-519-3171 or visit us online to get started.