EXPUNGE ILLINOIS
Offering affordable and experienced expungement, clemency and criminal records services in Illinois.
 
DID YOU KNOW? Now, after the required waiting period, you can seal nearly all convictions!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS EXPUNGEMENT? Expungement, with limited exceptions, virtually erases your criminal record.

In Illinois, ALL dismissals can be expunged, as well as satisfactorily completed supervisions (except DUI's) 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? Misdemeanor sealing hides your record from the vast majority of employers as well.  Felony sealing hides your records from MOST employers.

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 2017: In Illinois, a Sealing may be available for persons receiving convictions/supervisions for ALL MISDEMEANORS AND FELONIES EXCEPT: 1) Domestic Battery/Violation of Order of Protection crimes, 2) Animal Cruelty; 3) Sex offenses (Except Prostitution;) 4) DUI's or 5) a conviction for which you are on the Violent Offender Against Youth Registry.

WHAT IS EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY? In Illinois, ANY conviction may, if pardoned by the Governor, be eligible for Expungement.  You can also get all civil rights restored with a pardon.  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?
Now you can SEAL the vast majority of felonies from your background, with exceptions above.

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.**