When a person is arrested, charged, or convicted for a crime in Illinois — such as domestic violence or driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs — they can face imprisonment and hefty criminal fines. In addition, a single arrest, charge, or conviction creates a criminal record for the offender. These criminal records are publicly available and can have a negative effect on background checks for employment, housing, and more.
Recognizing the potential consequences of criminal records, Illinois law allows certain individuals to expunge or seal their criminal records. The expungement or sealing process effectively hides a criminal record from background checks, enabling a person to move past a previous arrest, charge, or conviction.
What is the Difference Between Expungement and Sealing?
Although expungement and sealing are closely related, there are key differences between these two processes. Furthermore, expungement and sealing are mutually exclusive. A former criminal is [...]