Illinois Misdemeanor Expungement Attorneys
Clear Your Record in Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, Kane County Lawyers
If you have an arrest on the books, it may be seen by everyone, even if the case was dismissed or you were placed on Court Supervision or you were told the case would not be on your record by the judge or another attorney.
If you have ever been charged with a crime, your arrest record automatically becomes part of the public record which can be viewed by anyone. Your current employer, potential employer, family, and friends all have access to public records. An Illinois arrest record stays with you until it has been expunged or sealed.
Despite what you may have heard, there is no process by which your arrest record is removed automatically.
It does not matter if your criminal case was dismissed, or if you received a sentence of Court Supervision, or if it resulted in a conviction, information about the arrest will remain accessible to the public unless you ask the Court to have those records expunged by filing a Petition for Expungement.
Many employers do an extensive background check before hiring. Even if your arrest charges were dropped, the arrest record can be a source of embarrassment for you leading to loss of employment, the inability to advance in your current position, or obtain a new job.
Don't let this happen to you. Expunge your criminal record as soon as possible. It takes many months to obtain an Expungement Order from the court. Furthermore, Illinois expungement laws are very complicated and can be very confusing for most lawyers and non-lawyers, alike. It is best to hire an experienced, qualified, expungement lawyer to help you. Contact our office to speak to an experienced expungement attorney in the Chicagoland area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, and Kane County, Illinois to discuss your situation.
The lawyers at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. played a significant role in re-writing and passing new Illinois expungement laws in 2014.
In Illinois, most misdemeanor arrests are eligible to be expunged, so long as you meet certain criteria. To determine if your misdemeanor charge qualifies for expungement, you must know:
What were the exact charges against you?
Did the charges against you change at all before your case ended?
What was the disposition, the final outcome, of your case?
When did your sentence end?
Did you do everything that you were supposed to, including paying all fines and costs imposed as part of your sentence?
Have you ever been convicted of any offense in Illinois, or any other State?
The first step in the expungement process is to prepare and file a Petition for Expungement. The Clerk of the Circuit Court may provide you with the forms to begin the expungement process, but the Clerk cannot and will not give you legal advice or instructions on how to represent yourself. Legal advice includes telling you whether your case qualifies for an expungement. Only an experienced expungement attorney can properly assess the likelihood of success in clearing your criminal record. Furthermore, filing too early or incorrectly preparing the Petition for Expungement, or filing the wrong paperwork can be fatal to your case, leaving your arrest record in the public eye forever. Each county in Illinois and each Municipal District in Cook County has different rules, policies and procedures as to the filing of an expungment.
Improperly preparing your case can lead to the denial of your petition for expungement.
Don't risk having your expungement denied. Call the attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry and Associates, P.C. to find out if you are eligible to have your misdemeanor record expunged. Our experienced attorneys will be happy to assist you in determining your options. And, if you know the answer to these questions, we will help you assess what can be done about your record. Don't let your failure to start the expungement process be what keeps your record available for everyone to see.
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New Seal Ordinance Violations Law
You were given a ticket by a police officer, maybe while you were a teenager or a young adult, for an offense such as Underage Consumption of Alcohol, Trespassing, Retail Theft, Possession of Cannabis or Paraphernalia, or Disorderly Conduct. It was something minor, right? You paid a fine. No big deal. You may not have even had to appear in Court.
So, you think you have nothing to worry about? Unfortunately, you would be very WRONG!
You may not have realized it at the time, but you were arrested. Even though the officer did not take you to the police station, fingerprint you, or take your picture, just the act of giving you that "ticket" made it an arrest. You were charged with a local ordinance violation. And, your ordinance violation ticket created a permanent arrest record. These quasi-criminal ordinance violations could prevent you from obtaining that ideal job, getting into the school of your choice, or receiving that promotion at your current job. It means that you may have a criminal record without even realizing it.
The good news is, depending on what you were charged with and the final result of the case, you may be eligible to have your record expunged. The experienced team of Illinois expungement attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. helped to change the sealing laws as they relate to ordinance violations. Now, you may seal your ordinance violation when you might not have otherwise been eligible under the old laws. Call 630-472-9700 for a free case evaluation.