How to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record
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How to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record

A criminal record not only affects your present life, it follows you around forever, impacting your future as well.
 
Even if you are found not guilty of a crime, you will still have a criminal record because you were arrested and charged with a crime to begin with. Once it’s been created, your criminal record can be seen by the public, which can affect your employment options, education opportunities, loan applications, and even housing applications. A criminal record severely hampers your ability to lead any semblance of a normal life.
 
So, if you have a criminal record, how can you get rid of it?
 
Under Illinois law, there are three ways you can possibly clear your criminal record:
 

Expungement
Sealing
Executive Clemency

 
Expungement can eliminate arrests, court supervisions, and certain probations from your criminal record.…

How to Run a Background Check on Yourself
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How to Run a Background Check on Yourself

If you’ve been convicted, accused, or arrested for a crime in the past, chances are you would like to leave all that behind you. Increasingly, however, employers are running background checks not just on potential hires, but even on their employees. Leaving past mistakes behind may prove difficult for individuals who may already be listed in criminal databases.
 
In many cases, past offenders have the option to expunge or seal their criminal record from the public eye with the help of an experienced attorney. The first step to clearing your criminal record is finding out if your record is public in the first place by doing a background check on yourself.…