Illinois Expungement Attorney
Criminal Expungements in Skokie, Cook County and Lake County
The negative consequences of an arrest and prosecution can last far beyond the conclusion of your case. Even if you are never charged, an arrest can have a serious negative impact on your life including interfering with employment, housing and education opportunities. Anyone can do a background check on you and discover your criminal record. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C., we help individuals avoid these negative consequences by expunging their criminal record. Our Skokie IL expungement lawyer can assist you with your DUI charges.
Expungement Laws in Illinois
Expungement effectively wipes your criminal record clean. An expungement order mandates that law enforcement records and court records pertaining to the arrest in question should be removed. Once your record is expunged, you no longer have to worry that it will appear on any background check.
Expungement laws vary from state to state. In Illinois, you may only have your criminal record expunged if:
- You are arrested but never charged
- The charges against you are dropped or dismissed
- You are found “Not guilty” of a crime
- You are sentenced to court supervision for a misdemeanor and successfully completed the terms of your court supervision
- Your conviction is overturned on appeal
- You are pardoned
Depending on the charge, there may be a two or five-year waiting period before the record can be expunged, and you cannot be arrested during that period and remain eligible. Felony charges and DUI convictions cannot be expunged. Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt is familiar with all expungement laws in Illinois. Our Lake County IL expungement lawyer can help you determine if you are eligible for expungement and guide you through the process. If you are not eligible for expungement, we may still be able to help you seal your criminal record to prevent it from appearing on consumer background checks.
If you are interested in expunging your criminal record, contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. From our Northbrook office we serve clients throughout Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties. From just a small sampling of our files, we are currently representing individuals from Arlington Heights, Barrington, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Highland Park, Glenview, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge and Rolling Meadows.