A family member was found guilty of a felony (murder) at age 14 in PA--as a juvenile. Years later in IL he applied for an FOID card; he received a letter stating he had lied on his application about being a felon. He spoke to the State Police in Springfield, IL and explained his record was sealed at age 18. Two weeks later he received his FOID card.
Recently he was sent to jail for waving a handgun at his estranged wife. The state police came to the jail, telling him he was subject to arrest for lying on his FOID application. What's going on? Can he really be arrested when the state police had apparently looked into the matter 10 years ago?To my knowledge the state police have not yet charged him with any new offense. The FOID card was issued at least 10 years ago, so I don't know what sort of proof they could possibly have at this point. I also don't know if my nephew could obtain phone records from that long ago to prove that he did, indeed, call them on this matter. The judge who sentenced him to jail for 200 days (on a misdemeanor reckless conduct charge--2 felony charges were dropped) cited his juvenile record as proof that there was a history of violence. My nephew had served in the US Navy and worked at Lambert Field in St. Louis as an airline mechanic. His juvenile record was questioned in each instance, so how 'sealed' is it?