Clearing Your Criminal Record
If you have ever faced criminal charges, the mere fact of your arrest can linger on your record, regardless of whether you were ultimately convicted. This single mark on your history can pose significant challenges when it comes to finding employment, securing affordable housing, or pursuing certain educational opportunities. Fortunately, Illinois law provides avenues for eligible individuals to expunge or seal their criminal records, offering a fresh start and a brighter future. The experienced expungement attorneys at McMahon Law Offices are dedicated to helping you pave the way for a more positive life for yourself and your family.
Knowledgeable Illinois Attorneys for Record Clearing
Clearing your criminal record is a intricate process that demands meticulous attention to detail. The complexity escalates if essential paperwork is incomplete or incorrectly filled out. Before investing your time and resources into expungement or record sealing proceedings, it's crucial to ascertain your eligibility. Our attorneys will meet with you to assess your situation and evaluate whether you qualify for expungement or record sealing.
Expungement and Record Sealing
In Illinois, eligibility for expungement or record sealing hinges on various factors, including the nature of the offense and your criminal history. Some offenses may be expunged or sealed, while others are only eligible for sealing. Typically, if you have a prior criminal conviction, you may not be eligible for expungement. Similarly, offenses resulting in formal convictions—excluding court supervision and certain probation programs—cannot be expunged. However, depending on the severity and type of the offense, record sealing may remain a viable option.
Expungement entails the complete destruction of all official records related to an arrest and prosecution. This means the record will no longer appear on any background checks for any purpose. Conversely, a sealed record is protected from the general public and most employers but remains accessible to certain government agencies and licensing boards.
DuPage County Lawyers Safeguarding Your Rights
The attorneys at McMahon Law Offices are former prosecutors who comprehend the consequences of an arrest, even without a conviction. We acknowledge that everyone makes mistakes and should have the opportunity to move forward. The processes of expungement and record sealing are pivotal aspects of the Illinois criminal justice system, and we are well-prepared to assist you in finding the most suitable solution for your unique circumstances.
To explore more about expungement or record sealing, don't hesitate to contact us. Call 630-953-4400 to schedule a free consultation at our Hinsdale, IL office. Our attorneys are dedicated to serving individuals and families in Chicago, Oakbrook, Hinsdale, Oak Park, Elmhurst, Westmont, Lombard, DuPage County, Cook County, Kane County, Will County, and throughout the surrounding area.