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Is your criminal record in Illinois standing in the way of your future success? RecordGone.com concentrates on record clearing cases just like yours and we want to help you get you get your record expunged.

Most employers commonly run background checks on potential employees. Even arrests that didn’t result in a trial or conviction can show up on your record and ruin your chances for a new job or another opportunity. You should not be punished for your past, especially when your past criminal record does not include any convictions.

As a trusted name in expungement, you can be assured we will do the best job we can for you and your case and get your record expunged as quickly as possible.

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Illinois Expungement Law - Petition to Expunge Records of Arrest and Charges Not Initiated by Arrest

Illinois Compiled Statutes Section 5.2 (b) allows for those who have never been convicted of a criminal offense to expunge the records of their arrests and any charges not initiated by arrest. Therefore if you do have a conviction on your record, you will likely not be eligible for expungement in Illinois, but you may be eligible for record sealing.

So if you had a case in Illinois the disposition must be something other than a conviction. The following dispositions should qualify you for expungement:

  • Acquittal
  • Dismissal
  • If you were arrested and released without being charged
  • If your conviction is vacated or reversed
  • If you were ordered to court supervision or qualified probation and that supervision/probation was successfully completed.
  • A pardon where the Governor stated the records should be expunged

Your records will not be eligible for expungement if it is for a DUI or a sexual offense committed against a minor even if ordered to court supervision for these offenses. If you have a previous conviction expungement will not be available to you.

If your arrest or charge resulted in an acquittal, dismissal, your release without being charged or with a reversal or vacation of a conviction, you can file your petition for expungement of such records right away with no waiting period.

If you were ordered to court supervision and you successfully completed it, then you have to wait anywhere from 2 to 5 years to petition depending on what your charge was. If you were ordered to court supervision for a reckless driving charge prior to the age of 25 and completed the supervision successfully, you cannot petition for expungement until after you reach the age of 25.

If your case is expunged in Illinois, you can apply for a job and not disclose the case. When an expungement is granted, the records are destroyed and your name is removed from the case index. With more than 80 percent of employers conducting background checks, expungement is a great investment, especially since employers are not able to ask if you have had anything expunged.

Minor Cannabis Offense Expungement

In 2020, Illinois began a process of automatically expunging dismissed minor cannabis offenses or minor marijuana cases that otherwise did not result in a conviction. This includes charges where the amount of cannabis involved is less than 30g and the offense is not linked to a violent offense or enhancement for selling or distributing to a minor. The state has established timelines for processing based on when the offense originated. Offenses that originated prior to 1/1/2013 are not required to be expunged until 2023 or later. So even if your record is eligible to be automatically expunged, you do not need to wait to seek relief.

Those with cannabis offense convictions may possibly see their offense pardoned and then expunged, but there is no defined timeline for results. Fortunately, the law allows individuals to apply for the vacating and expunging of the record proactively. Our law firm is ready to help!

Illinois Expungement Process

Expungement cases in Illinois usually take about 4 to 5 months, except in Cook County which can take twice as long. Each court varies depending on how many cases they have received and how busy they are. Currently, Cook County Courts are taking anywhere from 6-12 months to process cases after they've been submitted. So its best to get your case started as soon as possible, so that you can expunge your record as soon as possible. Our specialization is expungement and we have handled many cases similar to yours.

For our Illinois Expungement service, we have a flat fee that comprises all costs excluding filing fees. The first thing we do when we get your case is do the necessary research. Based upon that research, we compose your petition. Once the petition is finished we file it with the court. We also file any other necessary motions or documents. If there is any prosecutor opposition, then we respond to it. Also in the event that a hearing is scheduled, we will send an attorney to the hearing to zealously represent you in front of the judge.

Typically, you will not have to show up to court. You can allow us to deal with all the work, while you check the status of your case on our exclusive online case management system.

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* This price does not include filing fees. Filing fees will be due prior to filing the petition.

In some instances, a criminal history report from the FBI or Illinois State Police will need to be obtained. Client may also need to have documents notarized by a Notary Public. Client is responsible for those additional costs.

Please note, if your case was in Lake County, Illinois, the court requires that all eligible offenses be sealed and expunged at one time. Therefore, there is an additional fee for each additional eligible case you may have. We will work with you to provide a bundled price depending on the number of cases you may have there.

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Illinois Expungement

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