Illinois Criminal Record Removal Services
Going through life with a criminal record in Illinois can make things difficult. An Illinois criminal record can limit you from getting a higher-paying job, renting desirable housing, getting professional licenses, qualifying for government services and programs such as student loans, and achieving countless opportunities which would otherwise be available.
Many counties in Illinois provide the public with easy online access to criminal records, making it possible for anyone with a computer to find sensitive information that can hold you back in life. Fortunately, Illinois State law permits many individuals to either expunge or seal their records, and move on in life without the stigma and limitations that come with having an Illinois criminal record.
How to Remove your Illinois Criminal Record
Illinois offers the sealing or expungement of many eligible criminal records. Furthermore, Illinois also offers firearm restoration services for those that lost their rights and are unable to obtain a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. Our law firm offers the following legal services in Illinois:
- Illinois Criminal Record Expungement: Illinois State law allows for the expungement of many criminal records, which results in the record being destroyed and completely erased. Expungement in Illinois is generally available for cases that were dismissed, or resulted in a favorable disposition (not guilty, nolle prosequi, etc.).
- Illinois Criminal Record Sealing: Illinois recently expanded its record sealing laws, which now allows most conviction records to be eligible for sealing. Sealed records are closed and restricted from public access, but are not destroyed. Law enforcement agencies can still see sealed criminal records.
- Illinois Firearm Rights Restoration: Illinois State law allows for a person to appeal the revocation or denial of a Firearm Owner Identification card (FOID). A person who is barred from firearm ownership because of a prior felony conviction can ask a court or the Illinois State Police to issue a FOID card upon a good showing of rehabilitation. Having your firearm rights restored allows you to legally own and possess firearms under Illinois law.
Why You Should Hire WipeRecord
Illinois State law provides favorable options for the sealing of many criminal records kept by state and county criminal history databases, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies.
There are many potential benefits to expunging or sealing a criminal record, some of which include:
- Being able to legally state that you have not been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense to employers and landlords
- Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
- Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
- Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
- Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources
- Eliminating the concern and potential embarrassment of failing a background check by removing public access to sensitive personal information
If you’re ready to move on in life without an Illinois criminal record holding you back, our law firm is here to help. The first step is simply taking our free, secure, and confidential Eligibility Test to see if you qualify for any of our Illinois criminal record services. If you would prefer to speak with one of our Criminal Records Analysts, we are happy to take your call toll free at (844) 947-3732.
You can trust that you will get exceptional service from our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and our attorneys are listed as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys by prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo. Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Illinois state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!
Illinois Criminal Record Removal Services
Illinois Criminal Record Expungement
If you weren’t convicted of a crime, and you have no pending charges, you may be eligible to expunge and eliminate your Illinois criminal record. Generally, you can expunge criminal records in circumstances where you were not convicted or have successfully completed qualifying probation or community supervision, and any applicable waiting period has passed.
More specifically, you may qualify for expungement if you do not have any convictions on your criminal record, and your case was resolved in one of the following ways:
- Your charges were dismissed or you were acquitted
- You were given community supervision or qualifying probation, and successfully completed it
- You were arrested but never charged with the offense
- You received a pardon (in certain circumstances)
- Your conviction was reversed or vacated
If you have completed Community Supervision, you may typically qualify for expungement immediately after doing so; however, if you are granted “Qualified Probation,” you must generally wait five years from the date it was completed.
“Qualified probation” means probation granted under one of the following statutes:
- Section 10 of the Cannabis Control Act
- Section 410 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act
- Section 70 of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act
- Section 5-6-3.3 or 5-6-3.4 of the Unified Code of Corrections
- Section 10-102 of the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency Act
- Section 40-10 of the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act
- Section 10 of the Steroid Control Act
Certain offenses, such as DUIs, minor traffic crimes, and sex crimes against minors are not eligible for expungement, regardless of how the case was resolved. In situations where you have successfully completed community supervision or qualifying probation, depending on the specific charges, you must wait two to five years to petition for an expungement. If your case was dismissed, if you were acquitted, or if you were not charged, there is no waiting period. These rules can be complicated, which is why we are here to help put your criminal record in the past.
Click here to view the Illinois expungement statute.
Illinois Criminal Record Sealing
As of August 2017, most misdemeanor and felony convictions are eligible for record sealing. Petitioner’s must wait three years after the termination of their last sentence. Therefore, you must wait three years from the date you completed probation/jail, or satisfied the terms of your last criminal sentence.
The following offenses are not eligible for record sealing in Illinois:
- Crimes requiring registration as a sex offender
- DUIs, reckless driving, and minor traffic offenses
- Domestic battery or battery of an unborn child
- Sex offenses (except for prostitution)
- Violations of protective orders, no contact orders, or stalking no contact orders
- Dog fighting or failing to provide for the humane care of an animal
Convictions requiring public registration under the Arsonist Registration Act, the Sex Offender Registration Act, or the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act may not be sealed until the petitioner is no longer required to register. Also, any felony offense committed after the date of the sealing (if granted) may not be sealed.
Record sealing rules in Illinois can be quite complex, and the process is typically lengthy and difficult to navigate without an attorney experienced in these matters. Our law firm is happy to help guide you through the process. The entire process takes approximately 5-6 months in Illinois, so the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work helping you put your past mistakes permanently behind you!
Illinois Firearm Rights Restoration
Illinois firearm rights are lost upon a felony conviction or a juvenile adjudication/misdemeanor, and may be restored by the Department of State Police or by the circuit court where the person resided. Fortunately, Illinois State law permits a judge to restore firearm rights if certain requirements are met, including:
- You have not been convicted of a forcible felony in any state in the past 20 years, or at least 20 years have passed since you were released from prison for the forcible felony* conviction;
- Your criminal history and reputation are such that the you will not be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety;
- Restoring your firearm rights would not be contrary to the public interest; and
- Restoring your firearm rights would not be contrary to federal law.
The process of appealing for a FOID and restoring your Illinois firearm rights can be difficult – especially without the assistance of an experienced attorney. Contact our firm to see if you qualify for this legal service. Click here to view entire Illinois FOID Act
Illinois Frequently Asked Questions
Do I qualify for an expungement in Illinois?
The easiest way to find out is by taking our confidential, free Eligibility Test. Or, you can give us a call toll free at 844-947-3732 to speak with a criminal records analyst to go over your case.
How much do I pay for the services?
Illinois criminal record removal services start at a price of $750 for legal fees. We offer payment plans based on the client’s needs, and a refund policy when circumstances apply.
What do I do to get started?
If you are reading this – you have already started the right course of action! Contact us so that our staff can start handling your expungement/restricted access right away.
How long do I have to wait for the petition to be granted?
The most frequently question we hear from clients is – how long do I have to wait? We understand the importance of working efficiently so we try our best to move things forward. However, an expungement usually takes several months to obtain, depending on the particular county, and sometimes the particular court.
Am I required to go to court?
Typically, clients do not have to show up in court for us to do our job. Under rare circumstances where you are required to attend a hearing, we will be there every step of the way and make sure you have nothing to worry about.
How do I learn about my case status once I hire WipeRecord?
We strive to make our clients informed and assured of any progress in their case. Clients get a monthly update of their case from our paralegals, and one can always contact us by either phone or email for an update. Our law firm is currently finishing up a custom client portal, where clients can obtain information about their case online by simply logging in.
How do I get a RAP sheet?
The process for obtaining a Chicago RAP sheet is different depending on whether you live in-state or out-of-state. Generally, it involves getting fingerprinted, and then submitting fingerprints, your completed forms, and a small processing fee to the Chicago Police Department. For more information, see the Chicago PD website.
Can I terminate court supervision early?
It seems it is possible to submit a motion to terminate supervision early. It’s recommended that you pay all fines and complete at least half of your term before asking the court to release you early.
How successful is your firm in court?
No attorney or firm can 100% guarantee the success of any case. In Illinois, record seals and expungements are processed with a very good success rate. Firearm restoration appeals are largely decided on a case-by-case basis, and their success depends on a number of factors.
Can you expunge my eviction notice or record?
If your landlord went through foreclosure, and you were evicted by the new owner, you should be eligible. You may also be eligible if you can show that the landlord had no reason to file the eviction in the first place.
For cases in Cook County, in which district should my petition be filed?
The Cook County Clerk’s Office has 6 Municipal Districts: Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview, and Markham. You must file a separate petition in each District where you have a criminal record and pay a separate filing fee for each petition (unless all cases originated in a single District). If you’re unsure which District your case originated, you may contact the Cook County Clerk for more information.
Click here to view the Illinois expungement statute.