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Can I expunge my record after It is sealed?: My record is eligible to be sealed in 2018 and expungement in 2020. Can I seal my record in two years, and then expunge it when I am eligible? I want to put my past behind me as soon as possible, apply for graduate schools, jobs, etc.

Asked over 1 year ago in Expungement

Steven’s answer: You certainly can do things in that order. However, you should consult an attorney before doing so. Laws change, and far more commonly, your eligibility date for sealing would be later than eligibility for expungement.

Answered over 1 year ago.


I had 1.2 grams of cocaine. Police officers arrested me for passing out two bags. Can I get probation?: First time felony and first time ever getting in trouble with the law.

Asked over 1 year ago in Criminal Defense

Steven’s answer: The answer depends on your legal history. While a generic probation sentence may be available, it might not be the best solution for your case. A competent and experienced attorney will be able to explore the options best for you.

Answered over 1 year ago.


Would I have to serve jail time if pleading guilty to a simple battery charge with prior battery convictions?: My prior battery convictions are ten years old and more. I am not guilty of this charge, but there is a "witness" (who happens to be related to someone I have a prior battery charge from) who is corroborating the story and my lawyer thinks "it doesn't look good" for me and that I if I plead not guilty and am found guilty I'll serve the maximum year in jail. What kind of sentence am I likely to receive if I DO plead out?

Asked over 3 years ago in Criminal Defense

Steven’s answer: This is really something you need to discuss in greater detail with your lawyer. If your lawyer secures an offer, you can then compare that against your risk and your attorney's estimation of the sentence you'll receive. As an example, in a fairly recent case, the prosecution offered my client 364 days in jail on a battery charge in Chicago. We "politely" declined, and although we lost on trial, my client was sentenced to one year of Court Supervision (not a conviction).
The choice in that case was very easy, because the prosecution was asking for the maximum possible sentence. Your choice will probably not be quite that clearcut. You need to know what's being offered so that you can make an intelligent choice. Good luck.

Answered over 3 years ago.