Expungement Attorney in DuPage County
Clear Your Criminal Record
Living with a criminal record may present a number of difficulties for any person. Applying for a job or even filling out an application to coach your child's little league team may mean that you will have to answer "yes" when asked if you have a criminal record. Expungement is a process that may allow you to essentially clear your criminal record. This is a legal process and may be complex, and therefore it is important to discuss your options with a DuPage County criminal defense lawyer to ensure that you can qualify and that your petition will be properly filed and addressed.
What is expungement? When a criminal record is expunged, this means that it is physically destroyed by law enforcement agencies. It is almost as though it never existed and will not be found on public record by anyone performing a background check on you. There are limited circumstances wherein a defendant can file a petition for expungement, and an attorney at our firm can discuss these with you at length when you undergo a confidential consultation.
Cases that generally qualify for expungement include those where the defendant was found "not guilty", was acquitted or was released without conviction. Cases where an order of supervision was entered and a designated amount of time has passed since the discharge and dismissal or termination of supervision may also qualify, depending on the particular offense (sex offenses committed against a minor under 18 years of age do not qualify).
Cases that generally do not qualify include those where a defendant plead guilty or was found guilty. The only exception may be if the defendant was sentenced to probation under the Cannabis or Controlled Substances Act, in which case he or she may qualify for expungement.
You Need a DuPage County Expungement Lawyer
Interested in facing a future free from a criminal record? With expungement, you can legally answer no when asked if you have a criminal record. We can offer you valuable information and can tell you if your case may qualify. Contact a
DuPage County expungement attorney
at the Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates today!