Joliet Expungement & Record Clearing Attorney
Serving Will County and the surrounding towns and areas.
Having a criminal record can be very damaging to your reputation and your future. Even if you are never convicted of a crime, an arrest record can interfere with future employment, housing, and educational opportunities. Anyone who runs a background check on you can discover your criminal history. At the Law Offices of Eugene Fimbianti, P.C., we help individuals clear their criminal records through expungement. We understand how important it is to move forward in life without mistakes from the past holding you back.
Expunging Criminal Records in Illinois
When a criminal record is expunged, it’s as if it never existed. All records of the arrest and subsequent prosecution are removed from police files and no longer appear on background checks. Not every record is eligible for expungement, however. If you have been convicted of a crime (any finding of guilt including traditional probation) your record cannot be expunged. You are only eligible for expungement if:
- Your were arrested but never charged
- The charges against you were dismissed
- You were found “Not Guilty” of the charges
- You were sentenced to court supervision for certain misdemeanors (not DUIs)
- You received a pardon for a conviction
- Your conviction was overturned on appeal
- You were arrested before turning 17 and were prosecuted in juvenile court.
Depending on the charge, there is usually a two or five-year waiting period after court supervision for a misdemeanor is completed before you may petition for expungement, and you cannot have any other misdemeanor or felony convictions. Attorney Eugene “Gino” Fimbianti is experienced in handling expungement cases and can explain the eligibility requirements. If you do not qualify for expungement, we may still be able to help you seal your criminal record, which prevents the public from viewing your criminal history.
If you are interested in expunging or sealing your criminal record, contact us to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. We will answer your questions and assess your eligibility. We represent individuals in Will County, Cook County, and Kankakee County jurisdictions.