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Expungement removes the record so that it’s as if the offense never occurred. This means the expunged records are not accessible for general law enforcement or civil use. Sealing means the record still exists, but it is hidden from most public records and background checks; however, law enforcement can still see a sealed record.
The time frame can vary based on the complexity of your case and the backlog of the court system. Typically, my office can file the petition within a few days of being retained. However, it takes approximately 90 days to obtain a court date. If the judge grants the petition then the various agencies have 60 days (from receiving notice) to comply with the court order.
Costs can vary depending on the type of offense, the number of cases you wish to expunge/seal, and whether or not the State objects to the petition. Filing fees for most counties in Illinois are around $150.
While you are not required to have a lawyer, it is highly suggested. Navigating the legal system and ensuring all paperwork is filled out correctly can be complex. A lawyer can provide guidance and improve the likelihood of a successful outcome, especially if there is an objection to your petition and a hearing must take place.
The waiting period depends on the offense. For some convictions, expungement might not be possible, whereas for arrests not leading to convictions, there may be no waiting period. Typically, if eligible, you may need to wait two years from the completion of your sentence for an expungement and three years for a seal.
It’s possible. If your petition is objected to by the State, or if the judge requests your presence, then you will need to appear in court. However, for most cases, especially uncontested ones, your appearance may not be necessary.
Once a record is expunged or sealed, you generally do not have to disclose this information to most employers. However, for certain types of jobs, depending on their own policy, you may need to disclose sealed records.
You’ll need your criminal record details, including the case number, dates of arrest, charges, law enforcement agency that arrested you, and the disposition of each case. Also, gather any relevant court documents and proof of completed sentences or rehabilitation programs. If you don’t have those records, I can assist you in obtaining that information.
Eligibility varies based on the type of crime and the outcome of the case. Generally, most crimes are eligible for expungement or sealing.
Typically, a drug test is not required to expunge or seal a criminal record. However, for drug convictions, you must submit a negative five panel drug test. A positive cannabis result is acceptable in most situations.
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