Tips on getting your Illinois Criminal Record Expunged or Sealed
When you are arrested or charged with an offense, a criminal record is created, even if you are not found guilty. Your criminal records can be read by the public, including your family, friends, employers, trade organizations, banks, and credit agencies.
ExpungementErases arrests and court supervisions from your criminal record so it is like they never
happened. Qualified Probations' are only sealed by the State Police, but are erased by the arresting agency. If you have convictions on your record,
SealingHides your criminal record from most of the public. Law enforcement agencies can still see sealed
records. Employers required by law to conduct background checks can see sealed felony convictions.
They cannot see sealed misdemeanor convictions or cases not resulting in convictions unless the employer is a law enforcement agency.
Executive Clemency:If you do not qualify for expungement or sealing you may be able to get a pardon from the Governor forgiving you for your criminal convictions. A pardon does not erase or hide your conviction on its own. If you get a pardon authorizing expungement, you can then apply to have your record expunged