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How do you begin the expungement or sealing process in Illinois?

The process of expunging your record begins by obtaining a copy of your ENTIRE ARREST RECORD. Whether you have been convicted of a crime before or after the one you are currently interested in expunging plays a role in whether your motion to expunge your arrest will be granted by the court.

You must obtain a "rap sheet" from a local policing agency or a written disposition of each and every case you have ever had from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the county where each arrest took place. If you cannot remember where the arrest occurred, contact the Illinois State Police Records Bureau in Springfield, Illinois. By searching their database by your name or your fingerprints, they may be able to find your information.

The attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. may be able to assist you in obtaining your criminal record.  Contact us (630) 472-9700 or email us to inquire about the cost and the process to find your record.


Once you have your arrest record in hand, the next step is to contact the Illinois expungement and sealing lawyers at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. so that we may analyze your specific situation. If our experienced lawyers believe that your felony or misdemeanor arrest or charge can be expunged or sealed, we will help you file a Petition for Expungement or Petition for Sealing in the county where the case took place.  

In order to complete the paperwork, we will need to know several key pieces of information, including the exact charge; where you were arrested; the date you were arrested; what you were sentenced to, if anything and other information contained in your record. Depending on the county, you may be required to appear in court. In many situations, however, expunging or sealing your arrest record can be done without a court appearance. Once the order is entered granting your Petition to Expunge or Seal Your Record, the local policing agency, the Illinois State Police and the clerk's office will take care of your file.

Our office charges an affordable flat fee for this part of the expungement and seal service. Please call 630-472-9700 for an analysis of your particular situation and a quote.

Improper preparation or filing of your petition may lead to a permanent denial.

You would not ask your mailman to perform surgery on you or pull your tooth, would you?  Of course not!  Rather, you would ask your mailman to deliver your letters and packages timely, efficiently and accurately.  And, you would turn to another kind of professional to assist you in a surgery or a dental procedure.  Likewise, you should turn to the right professional to prepare and file your Petition to Expunge or Seal your arrest record.  

The attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, have been representing individuals in clearing their records for over 20 years. We were instrumental in getting the State of Illinois to change the laws on expungements and seals in 2014.  Trust the professionals at our office to help you. We will treat your matter as seriously as you do.  We offer a free initial consultation, during which time we will tell you whether we believe that your qualify for an expungement or sealing of your record.  Do not waste your time and energy on those "do it quick" web scams that promise to clear your record for little or no money. The expungement and seal laws apply to us all!  There are no short-cuts; only properly prepared petitions, statutorily required waiting periods and mandatory filing costs.  Call us today to find out if you are eligible. 

Our office accepts credit and debit cards, over the phone or the internet, for your convenience. We often represent individuals who reside outside of the State of Illinois and are willing to communicate with you by telephone, facsimile and email.  We will take care of the problem, so you don't have to.  Call (630) 472-9700.

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