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Criminal Courts expungement hearing .. should be easy ? can i go by myself ?

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I recently got a notice of my upcoming expungement hearing. I applied for expungement about five months ago. It is for a misdemeanor charge and were dismissed ..do i need to saying something ?? do i need to hire an attorney ???

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  1. If this was your only arrest, it was for sure dismissed, and neither the State's Attorney or the Illinois State Police has filed an objection, you might get lucky and find the prosecutor handing you a signed expungement order when you walk in the door so you won't even have to go in front of the judge. If something goes wrong you might wish you had a lawyer with you.. Your call.


  2. this is one of those situations where it is really your call. Mr.Sachs as indicated, you might encounter a sympathetic ASA and the matter will run smoothly with or without an attorney. On the other hand, things may not go as you had hoped. In the words of Dirty Harry, "Do you feel lucky?"


  3. Without knowing the specifics of your particular Petition to Expunge it is impossible to advice you what you say if there will be any objection to expungement.
    Usually, however, in my recent professional experience, the hearings did not produce any opposition to the Petitions and were effectively granted.
    Finally, if you have any concerns that your particular Petition may be opposed, please discuss your thoughts with a criminal defense attorney. Usually, most of us will briefly advise you at no charge.

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  4. Always better to go in with an attorney who knows your background. You have come this far, don't stop now.

    Sal Sheikh practices law in Illinois.This answer is provided solely for informational purposes only. You should always speak directly with a lawyer in your State. It is difficult to evaluate your legal problem without a consultation and review of all the facts and documents at issue. This answer does not constitute legal advice, create an attorney-client relationship, or constitute attorney advertising.


  5. As most of the above advised, you will probably be OK just going by yourself. In Chicago the order granting the petition for expungement is usually even signed before you get there, HOWEVER, even as a first arrest that ended in dismissal I have come across several occasions where a routine expungement required a hearing because of the nature of the alleged offense. I have come across this situation on 1st arrest and dismissal charges of indecent exposure, soliciting a prostitute, and other similar offenses. If you go it alone, and it turns out to not go in your favor, you can ask the judge for a continuance to bring in a lawyer.
    Good luck.


  6. What are you trying to expunge?
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