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.
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 has 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 Expungement Services
If you do not have any criminal convictions nor pending charges, you are often eligible to expunge and eliminate harmful criminal records in Illinois. 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, you were acquitted, or you were not charged, there is no waiting period. These rules can be complicated, which is why we are here to help—the first step in expunging your record is to take our FREE, secure, and confidential Eligibility Test.
Illinois Record Sealing Services
If you have a conviction on your record and do not qualify to have your criminal record expunged, you may be able to seal your record in Illinois. If you do not have any pending charges, most misdemeanor convictions and certain Class 3 and 4 Felonies are eligible for record sealing if the applicable time period has passed. You can also seal criminal records that would otherwise be eligible for expungement if you do not have another conviction on your record.
To seal your record, you must generally wait three years from the date your last sentence was completed; meaning, you must wait three years from the date you completed probation, 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
Misdemeanors which are not specifically excluded in the above list, and the Class 3 and 4 Felonies listed below may generally qualify for record sealing.
The following Class 3 Felonies may be eligible for record sealing in Illinois:
- Theft and Retail Theft
- Deceptive Practices
- Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Distribute Controlled Substances
The following Class 4 Felonies may be eligible for record sealing in Illinois:
- Theft and Retail Theft
- Deceptive Practices
- Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Burglary Tools
- Offenses listed under the Steroid Control Act
- Offenses listed under the Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act
Illinois Certificate of Sealing
If you have a Class 3 or Class 4 felony criminal record in Illinois that is not eligible to be sealed or expunged, you may be eligible for a Certificate of Sealing instead. If a Certificate is granted, the person may then request that the Circuit Court order the records be sealed. To apply, you must wait 5 years from the end of the sentence or 5 years from the last arrest before being eligible to file a petition.
The following offenses do not qualify for a Certificate of Sealing:
- Sex offenses
- Crimes of violence
- Domestic violence cases (aggravated assault, violation of an order of protection, domestic battery, aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery)
- Gun cases
- Driving under the influence cases
The Illinois Prisoner Review Board reviews all applications for Certificates of Sealing, and oversees deciding whether to grant or deny such requests. If you have been convicted of a Class 3 or Class 4 felony that was not listed above, then you may be eligible for a Certificate of Sealing. The Certificate of Sealing can only be used with a one-time conviction of a Class 3 or 4 Felony.
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—we strongly encourage you to take our FREE, secure, and confidential Eligibility Test or give us a call toll free at (844) 947-3732 to discuss your eligibility and the process of sealing a criminal record in Illinois. 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!
Click here to view the Illinois expungement statute.