Illinois Governor Quinn grants more pardons on July 22, 2011
On Friday, July 22, 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn granted an additional 50 pardons for people with convictions on their records. (He also denied 111 petitions.) Many people think a pardon is only for someone in prison. This is an unfortunate myth. Those who are most likely to receive a pardon from the Governor must show strong evidence of rehabilitation or innocence. The best candidate is [...]
Q: I was arrested for a DUI in Illinois and given supervision. You said that supervision is not a conviction. So can I expunge my DUI?
A: There is an exception to the expungement law in Illinois regarding a DUI. If you were arrested for DUI, you either pleaded guilty or were found guilty and you received supervision, conditional discharge, probation or jail, you cannot expunge or seal the DUI; furthermore, you cannot expunge any other arrests on your record, if any. If you have other arrests on your record, you [...]
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Q: How do I know if I can expunge my record?
A: Expungement is only an option if you have no convictions (misdemeanor or felony) on your record. That means you cannot have convictions in other states either. Even if you are “eligible” for expungement it is not an automatic right. Instead, the decision is entirely a matter of judicial discretion. (For example, a judge may not grant a petition to expunge for a person arrested [...]
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.
Q: I was arrested a long time ago. Is the arrest still on my record?