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How Long Does a Criminal Record Last?
June 4, 2019

What is the Length of a Criminal Record? The short and simple answer to this question: forever. Much of your criminal record is available to anyone until a court orders them removed from public access. This means that anyone with a few dollars and internet access can see that mistake you made in the past. This can prove to be a … Read More>

Can You Go to College with a Criminal Record?
August 21, 2017

Millions of Americans will be heading to college in the Fall in the hopes of economic achievement and personal prosperity. Unfortunately, for some, a criminal record will separate them from having the opportunity of a college experience. As a young adult unaware of what the future holds, mistakes can be made, often leading to a criminal record. Whether you have … Read More>

How to Rent an Apartment with a Criminal Record
August 18, 2017

As you may already know, a criminal record can make it very difficult when trying to rent a new apartment. No matter where you're located, landlords almost always conduct a background check as part of the application process. As mentioned in a previous blog post, some cities are passing laws to prevent the discrimination of renters with a criminal record. … Read More>

New ‘Second Chance’ Record Sealing Law in Texas
July 13, 2017

Texas Governor Greg Abbott just recently signed a bill into law allowing first-time DWI offenders to petition to have their criminal record sealed. House Bill 3016, termed the “Second Chance Bill,” allows people convicted of one low-level offense – including a DWI with a blood alcohol level under 0.14 or nonviolent Class C misdemeanors – to request that the record … Read More>

New Expungement Laws – Criminal Record Removal Rundown
July 7, 2017

As you may know, living with a criminal record can be very difficult. A criminal record can create barriers between you and the job, housing, or license you would otherwise qualify for. Chances are, you’ve experienced a background check at least once in the past – or maybe you are facing one in the near future. Fortunately, many states have … Read More>

What is an Illinois Certificate of Sealing?
June 21, 2017

Going through life with a criminal record can be difficult. Fortunately, Illinois allows individuals to seal or expunge their criminal records in many cases, depending on the type of crime. Unfortunately, on the other hand, there are still many criminal offenses that are not eligible to be sealed in Illinois. For one-time Class 3 or Class 4 felony criminal records … Read More>

Peoria Expungement Summit Helps 250 Individuals Take Step Forward
May 18, 2017

Prairie State Legal Services and Illinois State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth held and all-day event in Peoria entitled the Expungement Summit earlier this month.  Around 500 individuals with criminal records showed up, with 250 eligible individuals taking the first steps towards getting their record cleaned by filing their legal documents with 50 attorneys who volunteered to help out at the event.Other … Read More>

Wisconsin Troubled Youths Getting A Second Chance
May 18, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers have begun efforts to sustain a bill under state law that would allow offenders from ages 17-25 to ask a judge to wipe their record clean if they complete their sentence. The request must be made at the time of the sentencing, but state representative Evan Goyke is confident the bill will do some good. "We are the … Read More>

What’s the Difference Between an Expungement and Record Sealing?
April 8, 2017

Sealing or expunging a criminal record can be very valuable when applying for a job or license, seeking credit, applying for educational programs, obtaining housing, and securing other opportunities. Many times, the terms “expungement” and “record sealing” are used interchangeably when discussing the topic of criminal record clearing. Black’s Law Dictionary defines “expungement of record” as “The removal of a … Read More>

State University of New York Removes Big Question from Student Application
October 10, 2016

STEP FORWARD FOR SCHOOLS, BUT WHAT ABOUT A JOB AFTERWARDS?The trustees of the State University of New York voted mid-September to eliminate questions about past felony convictions from its general application starting with the fall 2018 admissions cycle. After admission, students will only be asked to reveal a prior conviction if they are seeking on-campus housing, studying abroad or looking … Read More>