Expunging your record means the physical records of your criminal history will be destroyed or returned to you and that your name will be removed from any official index or database.
Sealing your record means records will be physically and electronically maintained, but they will be unavailable to the public without a court order. Your name will be removed from any official index or public record; however, law enforcement agencies and the courts will still have access to the records, as will a few employers and other entities allowed by law.
Whether you can get your record expunged or sealed is dependent upon your entire criminal record. Only those individuals who have never been convicted of a criminal offense or municipal ordinance violation are eligible to expunge records. If you have been convicted of a criminal offense or a municipal ordinance violation, your record may still be eligible for sealing, but you cannot expunge any records, regardless of the outcome of the individual case.
You must have the following information for every case:
If you hope to expunge or seal a blemish on your record, you should contact an Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney who can help you compile this information, walk you through the process, and represent you if necessary in court.
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