Chicagoland Expungement Attorneys and Seal Lawyers
Achieving Successful Expungement and Sealing Results for Over 20 Years
What are your chances of success in expunging or sealing your record?
Certain types of cases cannot be expunged or sealed, like cases in which you were found guilty of or pleaded guilty to a DUI, or Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol. In other situations, the charge may be of the type that is ELIGIBLE for expungement, but because of the type of sentence you received, the case may not be expunged. Misdemeanor and a few felony cases in which you have received a conviction, like conditional discharge, probation, or jail time, are not expungeable, but may be sealable under certain conditions.
Often these cases may be expunged, but only after meeting certain conditions.
- Were you charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime, tried, and found not guilty? Typically, these types of cases may be expunged.
- Were the charges dismissed or dropped before going to trial? Again, typically, these cases may be expunged.
- Were you found guilty, and placed on court supervision for a misdemeanor offense? Most misdemeanor arrest records can be cleared by expungement.
- Did you receive 710 probation, 1410 probation or TASC for a drug possession charge? Your arrest may qualify for expungement.
- Did you successfully complete 2nd Chance probation? Because this sentence results in the dismissal of the criminal charges, it qualifies for expungement of your arrest record.
Some types of cases that may be expunged depending the outcome of the charges:
- Retail Theft
- Criminal Trespass
- Unlawful Possession or Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor
- Child Endangerment
- Driving While License Suspended
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Deceptive Practices
- Possession of Cannabis
- Criminal Damage to Property
- Unlawful Use of Weapons
- and other misdemeanor crimes.
Are you unsure as to whether your case qualifies? Please call our office at (630) 4572-9700 or contact us to discuss your eligibility.
In the following situations, your record may not be expunged, but you might qualify for sealing under certain conditions:
- Were you found guilty of a Misdemeanor and placed on conditional discharge, sentenced to probation or jail time? These are convictions, which are not eligible for expungement, but may qualify for sealing depending on the nature of the charge.
- Did you receive a conviction in the past? Receiving a conviction-type sentence makes you ineligible to expunge any of your other arrests, but you might be eligible to seal your arrest records.
Some records are ineligible for expungement or sealing including:
- Did you receive a minor traffic ticket? Traffic tickets are not covered by the Illinois Criminal Identification Act and are not expungeable.
- Were you convicted of a crime classified as a crime of violence? This type of arrest record is not eligible for expungement or sealing, including Aggravated Assault, Criminal Sexual Abuse, Violation of Order of Protection, Domestic Battery, Assault, and others.
- Were you arrest on a Federal charge or arrested outside of Illinois? Only cases charged and prosecuted in Illinois may be expunged or sealed under Illinois law.
- Do you want to destroy your record of your divorce, the entry of an Order of Protection or civil Stalking Order or other types of civil matters? These types of records are not covered by the expungement and sealing laws of Illinois€¦no exceptions.
The key to a successful expungement or sealing is hiring the right lawyer.
Our attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have over 20 years of experience in helping people clear their arrest records. In fact, in 2014, our expungement lawyers were intricately involved in re-writing and championing a change in the Illinois Criminal Identification Act that allows individuals to expunge arrest records that were previously not expungeable. Thanks to the efforts of our attorneys, you may now expunge or seal an Ordinance Violation, similarly to the way you may expunge or seal a case prosecuted by the State of Illinois. This change in the law allows individuals, who had no say in how the charge or the ticket was written by the police, to expunge and seal records that were haunting them every day.
Call 630-472-9700 to start your expungement or sealing process today! It takes many months to complete the process so do not wait until you know you need to erase your past as you apply for your next job interview or a fill out a passport application. Plan ahead.