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If you have an Illinois conviction it may be having a negative impact on your ability to get a job or find housing. If you are interested in getting your IL conviction sealed, we would like to help you. We have handled more than 22,000 sealing and expungement cases and are well-prepared to assist you with your case.

In today's job market, it can be tough to find a good job. This is especially true if you have a criminal record, because the majority of employers run a background check on new hires. In addition to the effect a conviction can have on your professional life, friends and family can run a background check on you on the internet for a small fee. This can be extremely embarrassing. However, the good news is that in Illinois some criminal convictions can be sealed.

You can find out right now if your case is eligible to be sealed under Illinois law by running through our free online evaluation. It will only take a few minutes and it could change your life for the better.

Record Sealing Eligibility

If you were convicted of a crime then you may be eligible for sealing. Depending on the offense and the facts of the case you may have a waiting period. Illinois State allows for most misdemeanor convictions and many felonies to be sealed after a suitable amount of time has passed after the completion of your most recent sentence. A new law in 2017 greatly expanded the availability of which cases can be sealed. You can also seal cases that are arrests only, cases where you have completed supervision, or never received a conviction on. You may want to review our Illinois Expungement service for those circumstances, but if your whole record is not eligible for an expungement, then you can obtain a sealing on the individual cases that are.

Offenses Excluded From Illinois Record Sealing

The following are cases that are excluded from being sealed, if you were convicted or even completed supervision:

  • DUIs
  • Reckless Driving
  • a violation of Article 11 of the Criminal Code of 1961 (excluding prostitution)
  • Dog fighting
  • Assault/ Aggrevated Assault
  • Battery/ Domestic Battery
  • Reckless Conduct
  • Criminal Sexual Abuse
  • Violation of a protective order
  • any class A misdemeanor or felony for violating the Humane Care of Animals Act
  • any one required to register as a sex offender, arson offender, or as a murderer or violent offender against youth.

Why You Should Seal Your Record in Illinois

If your record is sealed, then the case file will be inaccessible to the public. This will allow you to not tell employers about this record, and it will also not show up in a background check. There are a few specific agencies like law enforcement that will still have access to this record, you can view a list of those agencies in our FAQs.

We will start your case the same day you sign up. Having handled more than 22,000 cases, we know have the experience to get your case completed as quickly as possible. We will work on getting your petition filed as soon as possible, but the time it takes to process the petition varies by court. The typical record sealing case in Illinois takes four to five months, except in Cook County it can take more than twice that amount of time. Currently, Cook County Courts are taking anywhere from 6-12 months to process cases after they've been submitted. The timeframe will depend on how busy the court is at the time your petition is filed, because the courts work on a first-come, first-served basis. The best thing you can do is get started on this process as soon as you can.

Our flat fee includes all the costs of having our firm handle the sealing, except for the filing fees. We will conduct the research, file the necessary motions, respond to written or oral opposition from the District attorney, and send one of our attorneys to court to argue the case in front of the judge.

You will most likely not have to physically appear in court for your record sealing to be granted. You can let us handle all the work, while you track the progress of your case online.

We offer a money-back guarantee on most cases, in addition to our low-price guarantee. If you find a lower price, either through another lawyer's advertisement or quote, just show it to us and we will match it.

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Get started with $49.00 Plus 4 interest-free monthly payments of only $238.00.

* 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.

** Money-back guarantee does not include court costs or filing fees.

Illinois Sealing

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