tearing criminal record slipThis is the next post in my series of handling Class “C” misdemeanors in Peoria and other parts of Illinois. My last article addressed the penalties for Class “C” misdemeanors in our state. If you are convicted then an experienced criminal lawyer can assist you with understanding whether you qualify to request the sealing of your criminal record. A person who seals their record may have a second chance at a job, housing and other opportunities. This article will focus on sealing a Class “C” misdemeanor from an individual’s criminal record. If you or a family member If you or someone you love is looking to seal a past conviction, then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense attorney.

When Illinois residents can seal a Class “C” misdemeanor from their record

Illinois gives individuals two options to deal with their criminal record, sealing or expungement. Not all states allow for a criminal record to be sealed. Illinois has expanded their procedures which allow for sealing of a criminal record. The sealing laws align with the state’s public policy to allow certain offenders who have served their time to avoid the lifelong consequences of a criminal record. Illinois Public Act 100-284 allows for the sealing of records unless the conviction is not eligible. Class “C” misdemeanors are typically eligible to be sealed from a person’s criminal record. Ineligible convictions include driving under the influence, sexual offenses, and violations of restraining orders, among others. An experienced misdemeanor defense lawyer can assist you in understanding whether you qualify to request the sealing of a Class “C” misdemeanor from your criminal record.

“Sealing” one’s criminal history makes the record confidential and will not show up when a background check is conducted. This means that a potential employer or landlord cannot view the record if they run a background check on you. Law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges will be able to view your record if you’re charged with another crime. Whether or not your case is eligible to be sealed will depend on the type of offense, when you were convicted, and how long it has been since you completed your sentence. You should retain an attorney to help assist you ensuring that the record sealing process is handled correctly.

Illinois residents should seal their record as soon as they are eligible to do so

It is important that individuals promptly seal their criminal record after they become eligible. Suppose, for example, you have a Class “C” misdemeanor of simple assault on your criminal record. You are currently renting an apartment when your landlord informs you that they are now selling the property to retire. In the process of looking for new housing, you will be required to disclose your criminal history on future housing applications. This may affect your ability to secure housing in a timely manner. If your record was clear then you could easily transition into new housing. This example shows why it is suggested that individuals seal their record as soon as possible. You never know when you’ll be required to go through a background check for housing or a job. Hiring a lawyer can help you to ensure that you handle the sealing record process quickly and efficiently.

You should contact us to assist you or a family member in understanding whether you are able to seal a Class “C” misdemeanor from a criminal record. You are likely frustrated if a criminal conviction is keeping you from moving your life forward and I believe people are entitled to a second chance. I am a Peoria misdemeanor attorney who is devoted to providing quality representation. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an initial consultation. My office also represents clients in Bloomington, Decatur, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. We also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.