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Seeking Expungement for Your Criminal Record in Illinois When a person has a serious criminal charge on their permanent record, their life can be impacted in a number of ways. Not only will the perpetrator face the initial legal ramifications of the charge (potential jail-time, fines, and a loss of their driver’s license), but also potential difficulty securing housing, employment, or loan opportunities. If a previous conviction is having a significant impact on your life, it is time to explore your options. With many criminal convictions, expungement or sealing may be an option. 

What Is Expungement?

Expungement is the process of having a criminal offense removed from one’s permanent record. The ability to hide a previous conviction from prospective employers can be life-changing. There are a few important things that all clients should understand about expungement:

  • Not all people are eligible for expungement.
  • While an expungement will destroy all official records related to the criminal offense, it will not have any impact on previous news clippings or other forms of media related to the initial crime. 

All that being said, expungement can be life-changing as you look to secure a job, get admitted into a school, or secure a loan.  

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Oak Brook DUI defense attorney, expunge DUI, DUI history, expungement, pleading guiltyThe human race has a tendency to take the path of least resistance—it is in our nature. A direct route is chosen instead of a scenic route. A quick fix serves its purpose over a complete overhaul. One chooses to pay a fine rather than going to court to have his or her story heard. Although in some cases it makes good sense to take the path with less stress and resistance, in others it creates more work and perhaps irreparable damage later in life.

For instance, if you are charged with a DUI, it may be tempting to plead guilty, avoid hiring an attorney, accept the consequences now, and expunge the conviction later in life, if it becomes a problem. Unfortunately, those plans may not work as anticipated.

Pleading Guilty is a Conviction

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