EXPUNGE ILLINOIS
Offering affordable and experienced expungement, clemency and criminal records services in Illinois.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS EXPUNGEMENT? In Illinois, effective January 1, 2017, an Expungement is available only for non-convictions such as dismissed cases, satisfactorily completed supervisions and satisfactorily Qualified Probations (also known as 710-1410, TASC or Second Chance Probation.)  
 
NOTE: Arrests or convictions for minor traffic violations (Class C Misdemeanors and below) are neither eligible nor do they affect your right to expunge.
 
WHAT IS SEALING? In Illinois, a Sealing is available for persons receiving convictions/supervisions for misdemeanors of a 1) non-Domestic Battery/Violation of Order of Protection or non-sexual nature, 2) Most non-violent/non-sexual Class 3 and Class 4 felony convictions (in some cases, an additional step must be taken first); 3) Any felony in which you satisfactorily completed qualified probation; or 4) From 1995 to 1999, certain Class 4 Felony Carry/Possess Firearm convictions can be sealed (an additional step must be taken first.)

WHAT IS EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY? In Illinois, any conviction (including those not eligible for Sealing) may, if pardoned by the Governor, be eligible for Expungement.  In order to do so, you must file a Petition for Executive Clemency and appear before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board if you so choose.
 
WHAT IS A HEALTH CARE WAIVER? Aside from doctors and nurses, those seeking to work in Illinois hospitals or health care facilities cannot have certain convictions on their criminal background.  A Health Care Waiver can give you the right to work at such places.
  
WHAT IS A CERTIFICATE OF GOOD CONDUCT? This is an option for people who have convictions that bar employment in certain fields. While the Certificate of Good Conduct does not hide the record, it is potentially useful when you are otherwise fully qualified for a job, but face a statutory barrier to employment.  Moreover, a person may have records ineligible for expungement or sealing that may be eligible for a Certificate of Good Conduct.   

WHAT IS A CERTIFICATE OF RELIEF FROM DISABILITIES? This is an option for people who have convictions that bar state agencies from issuing licenses (such as a FOID Card, Real Estate License, etc.)  While the Certificate of Relief does not guarantee the issuance of a license, it does remove the statutory barrier to licensure. 

I HAVE A FELONY CONVICTION, IS THERE ANY CHANCE TO CLEAR IT FROM MY RECORD?
Yes.  Certain Class 3 and 4 Felony convictions can be cleared from your record through sealing.  Sealing such matters would prevent most employers from viewing them.

I HAVE A VIOLENT MISDEMEANOR CONVICTION, IS THERE ANY CHANCE TO CLEAR IT FROM MY RECORD?
Yes.  Illinois law allows you to get most misdemeanor convictions for crimes of violence sealed from your record.  This does NOT include convictions for Domestic Battery, Violation of an Order of Protection or Battery to an Unborn Child.

If any of these remedies apply to you, see our Services Offered page for affordable legal help.
**This page is for informational purposes only, and is not meant to constitute legal advice.**