People with criminal records are often unable to get jobs, access certain housing, and even get admission to schools. Attorney John D. Ioakimidis strongly believes that individuals should not be defined by their worst decisions. Fortunately, Illinois has a process though which a person can try to have his or her criminal record expunged or sealed. If you have questions about the procedures or viability of expunging your Illinois criminal record, you should speak to a seasoned Chicago expungement attorney who understands this area of law. You can trust that we have the experience needed to effectively navigate this process.
In Illinois, “expunging” and “sealing” a criminal record are two different things. If you have never been convicted of a crime or violated a municipal ordinance, you may be able to have your record expunged. If you have been convicted of a crime, however, you may be able to have your record sealed. Expunged records are physically destroyed or returned to you. The effect of expungement is to have your name removed from all public criminal records. Sealed records, on the other hand, are not physically destroyed, but they are kept confidential. In other words, the general public will not have access to the records, but law enforcement officials will still be able to see and access them.
The waiting requirements for sealing and expunging records are different. If both options are available, you may seal your record first and expunge it later. In this post, we will discuss the various time frames for expungement in Illinois.