Illinois Felony Expungement Attorneys
Aggressive Lawyers Serving the Chicagoland IL area
So you make a mistake and find yourself under arrest on a felony criminal offense in Chicago, Illinois or going to Court on a felony criminal case in Rolling Meadows, Bridgeview, Wheaton, Skokie, St. Charles, Joliet, Illinois. Regardless of how the case turns out, you will have an arrest record that will likely impede your progress in so many areas of your life. You cannot afford to leave your future scarred by an arrest. Did you know that, in Illinois, some felony arrests or crimes may be cleared from your record by the court? The process under Illinois law is called expungement and sealing. The experienced criminal defense, and traffic violations attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. facilitate the successful expungement of felony records for a growing number of clients in and around the communities of Northern Illinois, including Cook County, DuPage County, Chicago, Kane County and Will County.
Felony Expungement Lawyers in Illinois
Since 2004, Illinois law has allowed certain felony arrests that do not end in a conviction to be expunged from your record if you are free of any prior convictions and meet other eligibility requirements. Most felonies for which you were convicted cannot be expunged. Expungement is not available for a felony driving under the influence (DUI), for example or on cases where you were sentenced to jail time, conditional discharge or probation.
Expungement may be granted for Class 4 felony drug possession arrest, if you were charged and found not guilty, or if the charges were nolle proseqiuied, stricken with leave to reinstate (SOL) or dismissed. If you were found guilty or plead guilty to a first-time Class 4 felony drug possession, you may still be eligible for expungement if you received a sentence of 1410 probation, 410 probation, or 710 probation,too.
Although you could handle the application for expungement yourself, it is recommended that you retain an expungement attorney who has the experience and knowledge to move you through the process expeditiously and correctly. Almost all felony expungments will be objected to by the Office of the State's Attorney due to the nature of the charge being a felony. Even if you were found "not guilty" or the charges were dismissed after a Preliminary Hearing, your arrest record still exists. And, the Court is NOT obligated to grant your Petition to Expunge or Seal. It is in the Court's discretion as to whether your expungement or seal is granted. Once an objection to your Petition to Expunge or Seal is made, you will be required to appear in Court to testify as to why, under Illinois law, your case should be expunged. The Court will want to know why it is in the best interest of the public to clear your record.
Our expungement attorneys are very experienced in representing defendants in Court at expungement and sealing hearings. We have successfully helped hundreds of men, women and young people obtain an expungement or seal court order requiring their records be erased or cleared by the officials.
You Only Get One Shot, So You Want It Done Right
Getting your record expunged involves:
- Complying with all terms of your sentence, if any;
- Waiting the necessary amount of time after your case is disposed of;
- Filing a petition with the circuit court;
- Serving notice of the petition on four governmental agencies: (1) Illinois State Police, (2) the law enforcement agency where you were arrested, (3) the chief legal officer of the local municipality for that police or sheriff's department, and (4) the County State's Attorney; and
- appearing in court for a hearing.
Free Evaluation for Your Felony Expungement
Because we know the havoc a felony arrest can wreak in your life, the lawyers at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. believe that any record that is eligible for expungement, or at least sealing, should be. the expungement laws are tricky and can be difficult to navigate on your own. Call 630-472-9700 to inquire about your options. Our attorneys will tell you what you need to know and advise you as to whether your particular case qualifies for expungement or sealing.
Our attorneys consider your options to have your record expunged or sealed from the moment we are retained to represent you on any criminal charge, especially felonies. Our first goal is to position you to have your record erased at the earliest point of eligibility. When you have met all the requirements under the Illinois Criminal Identification Act and you have waited the requisite amount of time, we may petition the court to have those eligible charges involving felony criminal offenses expunged from your record. With one call, our lawyers can be by your side.