Two Chicago Suburban Teens Face Lifetime Felony Conviction for Armed Robbery
By: Rachael Temes I recently read an article about a robbery that occurred in Wheaton, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). The case caught my eye because the two alleged robbers reside in Carol Stream, Illinois, the town where I attended high school. They are 19 and 20 years old, respectively, and have been charged with Class X Felony Armed Robbery. In Illinois, a Class X [...]
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A Criminal Record Can Cause Problems for Job Seekers in This Slow Economy
By: Rachael Temes We talk to people everyday about their struggles to find (and keep) jobs due to their criminal record, be it a serious felony conviction or a dismissed misdemeanor arrest. A recent article in the New York Times discusses how various organizations exist to help people recently released from prison reenter the workforce; however, there are plenty of people that have arrests or [...]
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Q: I only care about getting the worst crime, a felony conviction, off of my record. If I cannot seal that, what is the point in sealing the other arrests that were dismissed?
A: If you really care about competing with others for a job, you must clean up your record as much as possible. An employer recently told me he would rather hire the guy who was convicted in 1982 for a felony than the guy who was arrested last year for misdemeanor battery. Arrests, even if dismissed, can lead an employer to believe you are still [...]
Q: I was arrested and the case was dismissed from court. I was told the case wouldn’t be on my record. Why does it keep popping up on my background checks when I apply for a job?
A: Once you are arrested, the police assign you a court date for which you have to appear. The clerk of the court enters your information into their computer system even before your initial court date. The clerk’s office is generally where prospective employers do their background checks. Even if your case was dismissed, there is still a public record of your appearance in court [...]
Q: How do I know what I am eligible for – expunge, seal or pardon?
A: We must look at your record as a whole. All arrests, even those that did NOT result in conviction, are on your record. Your “record” refers to all cases for which you have ever been arrested, regardless of final outcome. After we review all of your cases, we can determine your eligibility.