If you are interested in removing a past arrest or conviction from your criminal record in Illinois, you found the right place. We have the experience and expertise necessary to handle your expungement, record sealing, or firearm rights restoration in Illinois. Please browse our website to find information on all of the different options available to those with an Illinois criminal record, including expungement, record sealing and more. The best way for you to know what services you may be able to take advantage of is to run through our free online eligibility test, which will ask you some basic information on your case and let you know how we can help you.
We are a national expungement law firm, and we have the expertise and experience necessary to handle your case with the attention it deserves. We will match any competitor’s price, but nobody will match the quality of the service we provide our clients. We have expunged hundreds of criminal records in Illinois and are nationally recognized experts on expungement.
The easiest way to see how our firm can help you with your Illinois record is by taking our confidential online evaluation. Run through the eligibility test today and get the process started. Here is a brief summary of the different services we offer and glimpse into the eligibility requirements for each:
If you have never been convicted of an offense, you may be eligible to expunge your record in Illinois. If you were acquitted, the charges were dismissed, your conviction was vacated or reversed on appeal, the Governor granted a pardon or if you successfully completed court supervision or qualified probation, your case is likely eligible for expungement. For court supervision cases, there is a waiting period between two and five years before you can expunge the case. For acquittals, dismissals, dropped charges, and vacated convictions there is no waiting period. There are also certain exceptions; if you were ordered to court supervision for a DUI or sexual offense against a minor, your case is not eligible.
If you have been convicted of a crime, then you could still be eligible for an Illinois record sealing. You can seal convictions for some Class 4 felonies and most misdemeanors after satisfying a waiting period. Additionally, you can seal arrest records. While an arrest record may be eligible for an expungement, if you had any other convictions on your record that would prevent an expungement but you could still move forward with the sealing. Certain convictions are not eligible to be sealed, please review the Sealing page for more information or take our online eligibility test.
If you have a juvenile record in Illinois and are now over the age of 18, you could be eligible to have your juvenile case expunged. If you are over 18, you can expunge the records if you were not formally charged, you were found not guilty, you successfully completed supervision or the offense was a petty or business offense or the equivalent of a Class B or C misdemeanor. If you are over 21, your case can be expunged if you have had no convictions since you turned 18 and it has been 5 years since you were discharged from the Department of Juvenile Justice or your last juvenile court case ended or since your commitment. First-degree murder and felony sex offense cases are not eligible to be expunged.
You can restore your gun rights if the court finds that restoring your right to own and possess a firearm would not be contrary to the public interest. You must also show that, given your criminal history, the facts of the conviction and your reputation, you will not likely act in a manner dangerous to public safety. In order to petition to have the court consider these two factors, you must have not been convicted of a forcible felony within 20 years of the petition or at least 20 years must have passed since you were released from prison.
Expungement, sealing and restoration proceedings in Illinois can be difficult and complicated. Having an attorney represent you allows you to know that everything is being taken care of for you and your case will be handled as quickly as possible. You can trust us to handle every step of the process, from the beginning research to arguing your case at the court hearing.
If you are interested in getting started towards a better future, there are a few different ways you can contact us to get started on your case. First, you can sign up online – just take our online eligibility test and you will have the opportunity to sign up at the end for whichever service you are eligible for in Illinois. You can also call our office over the phone. On the phone, we can answer any questions you may have before starting the process, then we can take all the information we need from you to start working on your case. You can also chat with us online for a quick consultation to discuss your eligibility for our services or to get started.
We would love to help you and get this process started today. As soon as you make the first payment, we will immediately begin working on your case. You can stay up-to-date on the status of your case through our online case management system, which allows you to log in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to view the progress of your case and what the next steps are. We have interest-free payment plans and a low price guarantee. If you find a lower price from another law firm for the same service, please contact us with that information and we will match that price for you.
Our exclusive Expedited Record Clearance Update service allows us to have the leading background check companies reflect changes to your criminal record in less than 14 days, instead of months and even years like our competitors.
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Chicago, Il. 60642
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