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Can a Criminal Record be Cleared in Illinois?

Negative items on an individual's legal record can make it difficult to be able to take advantage of opportunities for potential jobs, business partnerships, education and other vital matters. In fact, anyone that deems it necessary to conduct a background check can find arrest records, charges and any convictions that are in a person's past.

Our state law gives people the opportunity to expunge or seal their criminal records, in some instances, and the best way to explore this option is to speak with a seasoned expungement attorney from the firm about your past legal matters. If you are eligible for expungement or record sealing, an attorney can help guide you through the necessary steps that are required to complete these processes.

What Is the Difference Between Expungement and Sealing?

When a person has gone through the judicial process of defending themselves for their criminal charges, sentencing and any legal consequences they were given, there are two options to look into in order to make the information about your past either invisible to some, or completely disappear.

The methods commonly used are:

  • Expungement - this process removes or erases arrests, charges and convictions from your legal record. This is generally the best option, as it basically wipes the slate clean, as if the negative items never existed. Not all crimes will be eligible for expungement, in which case record sealing may be a viable option.
  • Record sealing - this process basically hides arrests, charges or convictions from public view. They will not be visible to anyone that runs a simple background check, but will still be available to law enforcement or anyone in the judicial system.

The Toney Law Firm, LLC is intimately familiar with both expungement and record sealing processes, as well as cases that pertain to criminal defense laws and procedures. The firm is dedicated to zealously advocating the rights and interests of clients and helping people with past issues make a fresh, new start. If you or someone you know is interested in expunging or sealing a criminal record, a lawyer at the firm is prepared to inform you of your options and effectively guide you through the needed steps.

Contact us today at (888) 473-4058 for a free case evaluation.

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