For many people, an impulsive decision or youthful mistake results in a criminal conviction and a criminal record. Having a criminal record can cause you all kinds of problems. It can keep you from getting a job, obtaining housing, getting into college or getting financial aid once you do, and prevent you from holding certain professional licenses.
In some cases, there's a way to prevent a momentary mistake from causing years of trouble. Criminal records can be sealed or expunged in Illinois under some circumstances. "Expungement" means that the record is wiped clean, as if it never existed. "Record sealing" means that the criminal record still exists, but it is available only to other law enforcement agencies, not employers or the public.
If you were arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, but not convicted, you can get rid of the taint of an arrest by having your record expunged. Even if you were convicted of certain misdemeanors, record sealing or expungement may be available after a certain amount of time has passed.
There is no downside to pursuing a record sealing or expungement if you are eligible. Failing to do so, however, can damage your reputation and limit your opportunities. The attorneys at Beuke & Beuke routinely obtain expungement or sealing of criminal records for eligible clients. They are familiar with the process and can help you get the result you need with a minimum of stress and delay.
At Beuke & Beuke, we don't believe that your future should have to be limited because of a mistake in your past. If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, but were acquitted or had the charges dismissed, or if you were convicted of a misdemeanor, don't wait to get legal help. Contact Beuke & Beuke immediately so that we can get to work protecting your record, your reputation, and your future.