The answer remains the same, no matter how you try to reword your question. You cannot get your record expunged. If you wish to seek a pardon, you realistically will have to wait decades, show yourself to be a model citizen, and t]even them you will have a hard time. Very very pardons are granted.
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Counsel is right but it is a good idea to consult with an executive clemency lawyer right away. There are certain things you can do now to boost your petition later.
Was this an Illinois conviction? We have not had indeterminate sentencing in Illinois for many years. If your conviction was from another state you will have to seek a remedy there, no matter where you live now. In general, conviction are not exungeable in Illinois, although there are now a very few exceptions to what was for long an absolute rule. Pardons are rarely granted, and even then it is usually only after many decades of socially useful life.