Arrested for battery back in April 2017, in Dec. 2018 I was put on court supervision & required to do a class. I completed the 26 week class in June 2019 (never missed one), and the court ended my 2 year supervision early the week after i completed the class (Judge was impressed i never missed a class and saw I wanted this behind me) and dismissed the case. I since April, 2017 gotten my Associates in Art and on track for Bachelors in Criminal Justice of May 2020. I was told by the DA i can't expunge/seal my record until two years after it was dismissed in June 2019. This hurts employment chances with a police department, I know they can still access my expunged or sealed records, but most wont allow me to apply until it is expunged/sealed. I researched online and found that you can request a early expungement/sealing if you got a degree or certificate ect. Am i able to request an early expungement seeing I will have received 2 degrees since this began in 2017 & this is holding up my life/job? If so, what is the odds of me getting it approved? Or am I wasting my money/time and going to have to wait the 2 years? I haven't ever had a ticket or been arrested before/after this incident.
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Illinois has States Attorney Office, there are no DAs in Illinois. Unfortunately, you have to wait exactly one year and six months until you may seek sealing and expungement of your original arrest which also will take several months to complete.
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If you completed certain educational goals during your last sentence, you may be eligible for a shorter waiting period. Rather than waiting 3 or 5 years, you may be able to seal all eligible offenses upon the completion of your last sentence. Petition for sealing before applicable waiting periods expire if you earned a high school diploma, associate's degree, career certificate, vocational-technical certification, bachelor's degree, or GED for the first time during the period of your sentence, aftercare release, or mandatory supervised release.
If your education waiver petition is denied, the applicable waiting period will apply to any further petition for sealing.
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