DuPage County Criminal Record Expungement and Record Sealing
Highly Experienced Record Expungement Attorneys
Is your past holding your future hostage? Illinois has come a long way in allowing people to move on with their lives who have criminal records. If you are looking for a DuPage expungement lawyer, we have been in business since 2004 and have helped thousands of people get through the criminal justice system. We focus only on record expungement, record sealing, and pardons and service DuPage County. We are often asked questions regarding the availability of criminal record expungement in DuPage County. Below you will find frequently asked questions.
Can I expunge my DuPage County criminal record?
When you expunge your DuPage County criminal record, the record and all the associated documents are destroyed. You cannot even get a copy of your criminal record after it is expunged because it no longer exists. The arresting agency, the Illinois State Police, and the Clerk of Court will discard the record.
For Illinois misdemeanors, almost all crimes are eligible for criminal record expungement if your case was dismissed or if you received Court Supervision. You can file for expungement immediately if your case was dismissed. For almost all other misdemeanor crimes, if you received court supervision, you have to wait two years after completing your sentence file for expungement in DuPage County, Illinois. If you were convicted, you would have to file for record sealing.
For felonies, criminal record expungement in DuPage County is available for certain cases. If your case was dismissed, you can file immediately for felony record expungement. If you received Tasc Probation, Second Chance Probation, 410, 710, or 14010 Probation, or First offender probation, you have to wait five years after completing your probation. With one of our DuPage county expungement attorneys representing you, you will have the best chance of convincing the judge to expunge your felony criminal record.
Can I seal my DuPage County criminal record?
If you have been convicted of a crime, you can seal your criminal record, but you can’t expunge it. When you seal your criminal record, it is no longer visible to the public, landlords, and almost all employers. Your criminal record will not come on background checks unless they are fingerprint-based for employers or licensing agencies that the State legislature allows to see your criminal records. Our record sealing attorneys for DuPage County have been helping people seal their criminal records since 2004. Very few law firms in Illinois have such substantial experience in the criminal justice system.
For almost all misdemeanors and felonies, you can file to seal your criminal records three years after you complete your sentence. Sentences that are convictions are time served, regular probation, and conditional discharge.
Which cases are not eligible for Sealing and Expunging?
For cases involving DUI, Domestic Battery, Animal Cruelty, Sexual Cases, and Violation of Order of Protection, you cannot seal or expunge. However, you could apply for a pardon by filing a Clemency Petition with the Illinois Prisoners Review Board. You have to appear before the Board at a hearing. After the hearing, the Board will recommend to the Governor whether you should receive a pardon. The Governor can either accept or reject the Board’s recommendation.
Where will my DuPage County expungement case be held?
The main courthouse in DuPage County is located at 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois 60187. This is where all misdemeanor and expungement cases are held regardless if your case concluded at one of the branch courthouses in Addison, Downers Grove, or Glendale Heights.
I’m often asked if the Cook County Prosecutor will object to my case. The DuPage County Prosecutor is known for aggressively fighting criminal cases, and they will almost always object. With a DuPage county expungement attorney, you will have the right attorney representing you. Our firm has so much confidence in your case that we will refund your entire fee if we represent you and are unable to either expunge or seal your record.
Some cities in DuPage County are Aurora, Batavia, Chicago (part), Elmhurst, Darien, Naperville, Wheaton, Wood Dale, West Chicago, Warrenville, and St. Charles (part). Some Villages in DuPage are Addison, Bartlett, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Itasca, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Roselle, Villa Park, Westmont, Willowbrook, Winfield, and Woolridge. Also, parts of the following villages fall into DuPage County: Bollingbrook, Burr Ridge, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Lemont, Schaumburg, and Wayne.
Award-Winning DuPage County Expungement Lawyers to handle your Record Expungement or Record Sealing
We are a highly experienced and well-respected criminal record sealing and expungement lawyers with decades of experience aggressively and effectively representing clearing criminal records. We have a proven track record of success and thousands of satisfied and grateful clients. We are well respected in the local legal community and recognized nationally for our exceptional success and talent. To speak to a highly experienced DuPage expungement lawyer, call us at 847-481-6033.