This is the final post in a series of articles discussing the possibility of expunging a juvenile sex offense record in Peoria and other Illinois areas. I felt it was necessary to address this topic because many people do not know that once an offender reaches the age of majority, their record is sealed and not erased. This means that potential and current employers, as well as law enforcement, will be able to see your record. If your record is expunged, you may truthfully claim that you do not have a criminal history because the offense will be erased entirely like it never happened. If you or someone you know is seeking to have their juvenile sex offense record expunged, contact my office to speak with an attorney today.
The topics discussed in this series were:
- Illinois law in regard to the handling of juvenile records
- The process of expunging a sex offense which occurred when one was a juvenile
- The benefits of expunging one’s juvenile record
- Why one should retain an attorney to assist them with their expungement
Illinois does not automatically erase juvenile records once the offender reaches the age of maturity. They seal the records, meaning they can show up in certain background checks, law enforcement inquiries, etc. The process of expunging a sexual related offense can be complicated as it involves multiple steps. It can be time consuming, but it is important to have your record expunged to ensure greater opportunities in the future. Retaining a criminal lawyer can help to ensure that the process is handled correctly. The existence of such a record can make it incredibly difficult to obtain professional licenses. By starting the process as soon as you are eligible, you reduce the likelihood of the record having a negative impact on your life and future.
Contact my office today to speak with a Peoria lawyer. I am a former prosecutor who is familiar with our local court system, and I am ready to assist you in your expungement process. I also serve the Illinois counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.