Juveniles, More than Delinquent
Posted by Bryant Chavez Most people are under the mistaken impression that their juvenile court proceedings won’t hold them back. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case in Illinois. While there are several mechanisms in place to help juvenile offenders, there are still pitfalls in the law forcing juveniles into harsh circumstances. In Illinois, you become an adult at age 17. The law states that [...]
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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Q: Since I cannot expunge or seal my record, is there any way I can remove a conviction from my record?
A: If you do not qualify for expungement or sealing, you must seek a pardon from the governor. Pardons are not just for people who have done time in prison! Anyone who has a conviction needs a pardon! (Unless it’s a sealable conviction or a Class 4 exception.) However, the governor has the power to both pardon an offender and issue an executive order to [...]
Q: What exactly is an Illinois Sealing?
A: Unlike expungement, your records are not destroyed; instead, the arresting agency (for example, Chicago Police), the Illinois State Police and the Clerk’s Office seal the record and remove your name from the electronic index. Government agencies can still access the file but only a judicial order can allow the public to view the record. For purposes of a criminal background check by a general [...]