America is a society where people are to be given a second chance after they have served their time. Many have a hard time receiving this additional opportunity. Having a permanent criminal record can make it difficult to find a job, to secure housing, and to apply for professional licenses. Fortunately, Illinois has procedures in place which allow someone to put their past behind them. By sealing or expunging your criminal record you can make it easier to pass a background check. Hiring a lawyer can help you to ensure that you handle the process quickly and efficiently. I am a Peoria record sealing and expungement attorney who handles such matters. Contact me today to schedule an initial consultation. My office is able to handle such matters for as low as $499 plus court costs.
Peoria, Illinois lawyer assisting people with sealing or expunging a criminal record
There are two options for dealing with your criminal history. The first is to expunge your record and the second is to seal it. Expungement erases the arrest, charge, and conviction from record which makes it as if the incident never occurred. Sealing a criminal history does not erase the record but it does make it more difficult to be found during a background check. Sealing a record also reduces the instances in which you must disclose your past when applying for jobs.
Illinois will grant an expungement in cases immediately if you were arrested but not charged or convicted. Certain cases may be eligible for a later expungement. Whether or not you are eligible to seal your record will depend on several specifics of your case; these include the type of offense, when you were convicted, and how long it has been since you completed your sentence. Hiring an attorney can help you to understand if you are eligible for an expungement, a sealing, and to complete the process of either.
I am a Peoria, Illinois attorney assisting those who wish to clear their criminal record. I will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation and to help you understand whether you are eligible to proceed. I will quickly file all necessary paperwork with the Court and will keep you up to date throughout the process. As a former prosecutor with over twenty years of experience, I am familiar with our local legal system. Put your case in the hands of an experienced lawyer. Contact my firm today.
In addition to Peoria, I service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. 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.
Peoria attorney providing quality service to those wishing to seal or expunge a record
You are likely frustrated if a criminal conviction is keeping you from moving your life forward. You do not need the additional frustration of an attorney who does not stay in contact with you. I pride myself on providing a high level of service. I promptly respond to messages and regularly provide clients with my cell phone number. I will make myself available to answer your questions. I believe that everyone is entitled to a second chance and we are ready to assist you.