Experienced Illinois Expungements and Sealing Attorneys
When you are arrested and charged with a crime, that becomes part of your criminal record. Even if you are never convicted of anything, your criminal history can be easily accessed with a background check and used against you. An arrest record can interfere with future employment, housing, and educational opportunities, and it can prevent you from obtaining certain professional licenses. At Ramsell & Kunowski, L.L.C., we understand how important a clean record can be to your future. Our attorneys assist clients in restoring their records through expungement and sealing.
Expunging Your Criminal Record
If you were arrested but never charged or the charges against you did not result in a conviction, you are eligible for an expungement in the State of Illinois. Successfully completed court supervisions and special probations are eligible for expungement, as they result in a dismissal not a conviction. Additionally, if your case is overturned on appeal or you are pardoned by the Governor, you are also eligible for expungement.
With an expungement, all records of your arrest and any subsequent prosecution are removed from law enforcement and court files, and they will no longer appear on any background checks conducted on you. Consequently, you will never have to acknowledge your arrest in the future unless under oath in a court of law.
Sealing Your Criminal Record
Those who are not eligible for an expungement may still be able to restrict access to their criminal records by having them sealed. An Order of Non-Disclosure prevents your criminal record from being included in consumer background checks available to employers and landlords, but preserves the record for law enforcement purposes.
If you are interested in clearing your criminal record through expungement or sealing, contact us to schedule a free consultation. We will evaluate your eligibility and answer your questions. From our Wheaton office, we work with clients throughout DuPage County and beyond.