Illinois Certificate of Sealing



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If you have a criminal record in Illinois, it can negatively impact you in many ways. If you are currently struggling with a criminal record from your past, we want to help you move on and reach your full potential. RecordGone.com focuses on record clearing cases just like yours and we want to help you get your record sealed so that you can put your past behind you.

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Illinois Certificate of Sealing

Illinois law allows for record sealing of convictions in limited circumstances. Conviction record sealing is only available for certain Class 3 and 4 felonies and lower level offenses. However, many more felony offenders are eligible to seal their conviction if they first obtain a Certificate of Sealing from the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. Certificates of Sealing expand the eligibility for sealing to more offenses.

If you are eligible and receive a Certificate, you can then apply to the court for record sealing. While this is a two-step process, it opens the door for you to obtain record clearance. Also, this is a faster and easier process than applying for executive clemency or pardon. Because you can only apply for either a Certificate or a Pardon at any one time, we suggest that you begin with a Certificate and then apply for a pardon if you need a another form of relief.

If your case is sealed in Illinois, you can apply for a job and not disclose the case. With more than 80 percent of employers conducting background checks, sealing is a great investment, especially since employers are not able to ask if you have had anything sealed.

Even if you are not eligible for a Certificate of Sealing, you can still apply for Executive Clemency. Executive clemency may even authorize you to receive an expungement which is a more powerful remedy than sealing.

Eligibility for Illinois Certificate of Sealing

Certificates of Sealing are available to people with a one-time conviction of a Class 3 or 4 felony that is not already eligible for sealing. The Class 3 and Class 4 felonies which are already eligible for sealing are Deceptive Practices, Theft, Forgery, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Class 3 Felony).

In addition, certain offenses are not eligible for Certificates of Sealing. These offenses are sex offenses, crimes of violence, domestic violence cases, gun cases, and driving under the influence cases. Domestic violence cases include aggravated assault, violation of an order of protection, domestic battery, aggravated battery, and aggravated domestic battery.

Also, you can only have one conviction. If you have multiple felony convictions, you are out of luck and will have to apply for Executive Clemency and Pardon.

If you believe you meet all of the criteria, then please take our confidential and free eligibility test to confirm your eligibility and get started.

Illinois Certificate of Sealing Process

Illinois Certificate of Sealing cases generally take around 6-8 months, although there is no way to guarantee this time frame. Some cases are completed faster and some take much longer. Each case is unique and the Prisoner Review Board has complete discretion over the process and therefore also over the time frame. The length of time will also be effected by how many applications they are processing at any given time. Because of this, it’s best to get your case started as soon as possible, so that you can obtain a Certificate and seal your conviction record as soon as possible. We focus on record clearing services and we have handled many cases similar to yours.

For our Certificate of Sealing service in Illinois, we have a flat fee that covers the entire process. The first thing we do when we get your case is do the necessary research. After completing the research, we are then able to complete your application. Once everything is completed and satisfactory, we file it with the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. We also will file any supporting documentation we are able to obtain. If there is any opposition or additional information requested, then we respond to it for you.

In most cases, no hearing is required for Certificates of Sealing. You can allow us to manage your case and handle all of the work, while you check the status of your case on our exclusive online case management system. If your attendance at a hearing becomes required, we will let you know as soon as possible so that you have time to make arrangements.


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* The fee for a Certificate of Sealing does not include the cost to file for sealing in a court if your Certificate is granted by the Prison Review Board.

The price covers the cost of completing the application on your behalf, working with you to submit necessary documentation for the application, obtaining a copy of your criminal record, and filing the application with the Prisoner Review Board.

This price includes filing fees and application costs. In some instances a criminal history report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Illinois State Police may need to be obtained. This may require you to be fingerprinted and you may need to pay an additional approximate amount of $25. Client may also need to have documents notarized by a Notary Public. Client is responsible for those additional costs.

Illinois Certificate of Sealing

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