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Do you qualify to have your criminal record expunged?

After a criminal conviction in Peoria, you might be wondering how it will affect your future job prospects, whether or not you might be able to attend college, or if it will appear on your background check when you rent a new apartment. You may also be wondering if there is a way to keep it confidential, or to clear it from your record.

When it comes to applying for an expungement in Illinois, there are certain requirements you must meet in order to be eligible. To find out more about what to expect during the expungement process, read below.

Determining factors

Your eligibility for an expungement will depend on certain factors. For example, the time that passed since your arrest or conviction will play a role in the court's decision. Also, the severity of the offense, the existence of any other convictions, arrests, or offenses and their severity will also affect your eligibility.

The process

Usually, the first thing you will have to do is file an application or petition with the court requesting an expungement. You will have to fill out certain forms and submit them to specific offices along with other documentation. An officer of the county or state court you are petitioning will provide you with a checklist specifying what documents you need to file and where to file each one. If the court grants your request, it will issue an order of expungement that you will have to provide to other law enforcement and government agencies. This might include the police department that initially arrested you, the officer that booked you, and Illinois's department of corrections.

DUI cases

If you have a driving under the influence (DUI) charge on your record, you will only be eligible for an expungement if the county or state did not prosecute you, the court dismissed your case, or a jury acquitted you of the offense. Even if you worked out a deal with the prosecutor that included court supervision followed by a dismissal, you will not be eligible for an expungement for the DUI.

If you have a criminal offense on your record, you might be able to apply for an expungement depending on the specifics of your case. However, keep in mind that certain offenses are ineligible for an expungement due their nature and severity in the eyes of the court.

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