Illinois Law Now Allows For More Expansive Sealing Of Criminal Records

Criminal background check formThis is the first post in a series which will discuss recent changes to Illinois law regarding the sealing of criminal records. I previously discussed how Peoria residents can seal or expunge their criminal history. In that discussion I analyzed the effect of clearing your history, the procedure for doing so, and other issues. I am revisiting this issue as recent changes to our state’s laws allow an even greater number of individuals to benefit from this process. The goal of this series is to provide information which will help you understand whether you are now eligible to seal your record and the benefits of doing so. If you require assistance with the process then contact my office today to speak with an attorney. My office is able to handle such matters for as low as $499 plus court costs.

I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:

  • The history and effect of the recent change in law
  • How this change expands the eligibility for the sealing of a record
  • Why you should take advantage of this change as soon as possible

These are important topics for members of our community to understand. First, it is important to look at why this law was passed and the public policies it serves. Second, by understanding whether this change applies to you it will be possible to take immediate action to clear your history. Third, by understanding the benefits of taking action you can realize why it is in your best interests to clear your record.

While sealing or expunging your record is often a straightforward process, it is suggested that you have legal representation for doing so. If a part of your history is not properly included in your Petition then you may still have a criminal record after the Court has ruled. Also, you may be surprised to learn that you are now eligible to seal your records. Finally, by understanding why it is important to take immediate action you can put yourself in a position to enjoy a clear history sooner rather than later. As a Peoria criminal defense attorney I regularly assist individuals with Petitions to clear their criminal history. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. I am a Peoria lawyer handling juvenile cases. As a former prosecutor I am familiar with the workings of our local court system. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.

Author: John Lonergan

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