Assisting With Expungements And Sealing Court Records

Many Illinois residents do not realize that if they are arrested but never convicted of a crime, they may still have a criminal record — one that can be viewed by potential employers and other members of the public.

It is possible to discharge some criminal charges and even convictions from public records through a process called sealing. You may also have some criminal records permanently destroyed through a process called expungement. At Clark, Glasgow and McClintock, LLC, in Monmouth, we help clients seal court records and expunge arrests in order to improve employment, educational and personal opportunities.

Qualifying For Expungement

Expungements are primarily to erase arrests that did not result in a conviction. Under Illinois law, only convictions that have been reversed, vacated, pardoned by the governor or approved for expungement by the Prisoner Review Board can be expunged.

Whether or not you can expunge an arrest from your record depends upon what type of crime you were charged with, how the case was resolved and how long it has been since the case was resolved.

Once an arrest is expunged, it is removed from public record as well as the official files of the arresting authority. Your criminal record will no longer appear if someone conducts a background check on you.

Qualifying For Sealing

If a criminal record is sealed, it can only be opened by order of the court. An arrest or conviction that is sealed will not appear in background checks by employers, landlords and other members of the general public. Felony convictions will still appear for employers such as schools, fire departments and other government jobs.

If you have questions about an arrest or conviction that you would like to have sealed or expunged, call 309-760-4602 or schedule a free consultation using our online contact form. Our lawyers represent clients throughout West-Central Illinois from our office in Monmouth.