I got arrested for petty retail theft. The case was amened to disorderly conduct, but I also got court supervision for it. So what does this mean? Is there a conviction? I successfully completed my court supervision. So when it says I can get in expunged after 5 years is that expunging a conviction or the arrest?
Court supervision is not a conviction. It is unclear what says you can seek expungement after 5 years as the time to do so can be shorter than that if you have successfully completed your supervisory period. Here is come useful information:
You can seek expungement without an attorney. If and when you qualify for expungement can be reviewed at the following links. For Cook County: http://188.8.131.52/newsite//GI_NEWS//newscontent/Events/2013/Expungement_Packet_2013.pdf or for outside Cook but still in Illinois, go to: http://www.illinois.gov/osad/Expungement/Pages/default.aspx
I would suggest you first obtain a certified copy of the disposition of your case because if you succeed in having it sealed, it will never be available to you again and you might need it in the future to explain your background. You can get it from the Clerk of the Circuit Court where your case was heard. Then file for both expungement and sealing.
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Supervision is a court-sponsored form of deferred prosecution. Note the judge did not "enter judgment" on your plea. You were arrested for retail theft and you got supervision on a lesser misdemeanor. I think "it" is correct and you have to wait five years from your discharge to get an expungement but keep in mind you also have to go that entire period without any more "guilty" findings to be eligible for expungment.
Every good wish. Avoid future dishonesty at all costs.
Go to this link and answer the questions. You only have to wait 2 years from the end of your supervision to have your record expunged. Remember, if you have any other convictions, you cannot get anything expunged. It's all or nothing.
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