Are you thinking of making a change in the new year… but a past criminal conviction is holding you back? The information that shows up in a background check can include felony and misdemeanor criminal convictions, any pending criminal cases and your history of incarcerations as an adult, active warrants, and infractions. Even if the case against you is dropped and you are never convicted of a crime, the record of your arrest can show up in your criminal background check.
A criminal background check is standard for many new opportunities:
• job application
• apartment rental applications or a home mortgage
• professional licenses
• credit cards or loans
• education facilities
• immigration applications
• filing for citizenship
Expungement is a chance for a fresh start. Under Illinois law, you could be eligible to have your criminal record expunged (destroyed) or sealed so that no one can access it. If your criminal record is expunged, it will no longer show up in police or court records during a criminal background check.
If you are eligible for expungement, investing money in hiring an expungement attorney is an investment in your future.
Most misdemeanor and felony convictions qualify for expungement and sealing in Illinois, Some of the criminal records that are eligible for expungement in Illinois are:
• marijuana convictions
• individuals with a sentencing record of supervision
• white collar professionals
• licensed service professionals
An experienced criminal law and expungement attorney can evaluate your case to determine if you qualify for expungement, and if so, what the process and cost would be to help you get the best outcome for your situation.
Everyone makes mistakes – but some mistakes can last years, or even forever. If you have a criminal conviction in your history but it has been legally expunged if a potential employer or loan officer asks you if you’ve ever been convicted or charged with a crime, you can legally answer “no.”
If you are an immigrant with a criminal record who wants to change your legal status or become a United States citizen, you should never tell an immigration official that you do not have a criminal record. Expungement does not apply to immigration applications.
At Godoy Law Office, we want to help you clean up your criminal record and all your court and arrest records. Mario Godoy began his criminal attorney career at the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. While with the State’s Attorney, he clerked for the misdemeanor, felony, and civil divisions of that office. As a criminal prosecutor, Attorney Mario Godoy prosecuted battery, DUI, and drug cases. For a consultation regarding your immigration law concerns, Contact Us online or call us at 630-912-0322.
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