How to Get Your Criminal Record Expunged
Any arrest, regardless of whether it is a misdemeanor or felony offense, can have a negative effect on your life for years to come. That single incident can deter your ability to find employment, enroll in school, and can impact other activities that require a criminal background check. However, with the help of an experienced attorney , it is possible to have those stains on your record completely eliminated.
Convictions of misdemeanor offenses may follow you around like a bad memory. It is important to know that, even if you are found “not guilty,” the arrest on a misdemeanor or felony charge will still appear on your record and remain a part of the “public record.” Because of this, you may wish to take steps to have the entire incident completely eradicated, so it is like the incident never occurred.
What Crimes Qualify for Expungement?
This is probably the first question anyone asks when exploring the possibility of seeking expungement of their record. For the most part, felony convictions are not eligible, but Illinois law (FOID) identifies and defines the various offenses that may qualify for removal from the public record. Listed here is a summary of some of the most common incidents eligible for expungement:
- Arrests that result in dismissal or dropped charges, or a “not guilty” verdict may be expunged.
- Most, but not all, juvenile records are eligible for expungement .
- Minor traffic offenses resulting in convictions or orders of supervision are eligible for expungement.
- Certain drug-related crimes, especially a first offense, may be eligible. Completion of a drug treatment program usually helps your case.
You should be aware that convictions for DUI, weapons crimes, and crimes of a sexual nature are not eligible for expungement. A conviction of a reckless driving charge must meet certain criteria to be considered for expungement.
Relief from Identity Theft
Identity theft is a major problem sweeping the country, and a search of your background could reflect crimes committed by a person who used your identity when doing so. If that is the case, the state allows for a person to have those expunged from the record .
Seek Help from an Experienced Joliet Expungement Attorney
Expunging your record will help make your life a little less complicated. If you are eligible to have arrests and convictions expunged from your record, retaining the services of a knowledgeable Will County expungement lawyer is your best choice for ensuring the process is completed properly and as quickly as possible. Schedule a free consultation today at the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba so our attorneys can begin the process of getting your criminal record expunged.