Illinois Expungement Attorneys
Experienced Lawyers Serving the DuPage, Will, Kane, and Cook Counties
The last thing you thought you would face were criminal charges that threatened your freedom and your reputation. Even after the charges and penalties are done, your record of arrest still impedes your progress. Under certain circumstances, and a designated waiting period, Illinois law provides for the expungement or sealing of records for a number of criminal charges. When your record cannot be expunged, you may qualify to have it sealed which is a big step toward improving your future opportunities. If you or someone you know is interested in having a criminal record sealed, the criminal defense attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have the experience and the knowledge to handle the expeditiously. Throughout northwest Chicago, we continue to receive referrals from clients who attest to our positive outcomes in petitioning for the sealing of criminal records.
Sealing Your Criminal Record in Illinois
There are three possible ways of putting your criminal record behind you; expungement, executive clemency, and sealing.
- Expungement is the most advantageous, eliminating your record from all databases in Illinois.
- Executive clemency, a pardon from the Governor, is the most rarely granted, and sought only when there is no possibility of expungement or sealing.
- Sealing is used when you have an offense that cannot be expunged. Sealing will close the record of your criminal past to the general public. Law enforcement agencies will still have access to your record, but your employer will not.
In most felony cases you cannot have your records sealed. Crimes that cannot be sealed include:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Reckless driving
- Assault and aggravated assault
- Battery and Domestic Battery
- Violation of an order of protection
- Reckless conduct
- Illinois Failure to Register Sex Offender
Prior to January 1, 2013, the only felony convictions which qualified for sealing included Class 4 marijuana possession, and Class 4 methamphetamine and steroid convictions, and Class 4 prostitution convictions. A new amendment expands the sealable crimes to include Class 4 and Class 3 felonies for:
- Retail theft
- Deceptive practices
- Possession of burglary tools
- Possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance
Professional Record Sealing Representation
When you have been before the criminal justice system for offenses that mar your record, you should do everything you can to move on in your life without having to have your criminal history impede your progress, especially in employment opportunities. The attorneys at the law firm of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. know the benefits of having your record sealed, and will facilitate that for you. Contact us at one of our convenient offices to discuss getting your criminal record sealed. Our attorneys are well respected in courtrooms throughout Chicago and DuPage County.