Get Your Life Back After Being Arrested
Being arrested and charged with a crime has the potential to affect your life in many ways. From difficulty securing a job and housing to having your criminal record be public knowledge for anyone to request, a criminal record, even if you were not convicted, is not something you want to follow you for the rest of your life. Fortunately, you have options to get your record cleared.
Hyland Law, Ltd. works closely with clients to achieve their goals of expungement or sealing, meaning that their criminal record either doesn’t exist anymore (expungement) or the record is limited for viewing only by authorities (sealed).
As a knowledgeable expungement lawyer, Hyland Law can help you move forward with your life after getting arrested or charged with a crime.
How the Expungement or Sealing Process Works
An expungement of your record means that your record is essentially wiped clean, so it will appear as though the arrest and charges never happened. By contrast, a seal is when law enforcement can still see your record but the general public cannot. In a sealing, employers will also be able to see a felony conviction.
To be eligible to apply for an expungement or sealing, you must have completed any outstanding probations or supervisions on your record. Certain convictions may also not be eligible for expungement, and so you will need to apply for a sealing instead.
You cannot apply for an expungement if you still have pending criminal charges or outstanding probation requirements. You also cannot expunge any record that resulted in a conviction in the state of Illinois, unless the conviction was reversed, pardoned or approved for expungement. However, you may still be able to seal your criminal record.