Misinformation and Misunderstandings about Expungement/Sealing VERY Common
Misinformation and Misunderstandings about Expungement/Sealing VERY Common (Part One of an Ongoing Series) By: Rachael Temes It is amazing how many people contact our law firm with incorrect beliefs about expungement or sealing of their criminal record based on what other people (in some cases lawyers) have told them. For example, one caller recently told me, “You know, the FBI never expunges or seals anything [...]
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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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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 have a conviction on my record, since I cannot expunge my record, can I seal it?
A: Possibly. Sealing is an option if you have a conviction on your record. There are two ways to seal a record: 1) partial sealing and 2) complete sealing. Partial sealing: you have a non-sealable offense on your record + other sealable offenses. That means you have a conviction on your record that would need a Governor’s pardon for removal. (For example, you have a [...]
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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.