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Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneysMany employers now conduct background checks as a condition of employment. In fact, one survey suggested that as many as 92 percent of all employers perform at least some form of a criminal records check before hiring for some or all of their positions. In today’s tight job market such checks can make it extremely difficult for anyone with a criminal record to find gainful employment, and even those that already have a job may be at risk for losing their livelihood. Understand how a criminal conviction can put your job and/or employability at risk, and what you can do to avoid such consequences.

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Whether it is stocking shelves at a local supermarket or running a register at a local retail store, your criminal record matters when applying for a job. Of course, employers cannot obtain your criminal report without your consent, and they must notify you if they intend to disqualify you because of your record, but this does not help you if a criminal background check is a condition of employment. You do have other protections, however. Illinois state law strictly prohibits employers from asking about expunged or sealed records, and they cannot base an employment decision on arrests that did not lead to conviction.

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expungement, background check, criminal record, Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyA trip to the grocery store leads to arrest, expungement and a $40 million lawsuit.

One evening last April, Elizabeth Daly, a student at the University of Virginia, and two of her friends went inside a grocery store and purchased some food items, including a case of canned sparkling water. No alcoholic beverages were purchased and none of the three had been drinking alcohol. As the three got back into Daly’s vehicle, they were confronted by two agents from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The agents began banging on the windows of the car, and yelled at the three to keep the vehicle turned off and to roll down the windows. The two agents flashed their badges, but Daly and her friends could not make out where they were from. The car was then surrounded by five more agents. At this point, Daly called 911 from her cell phone and handed it to her friend. The three girls weren’t sure the agents were actual law enforcement. The three were frightened, and Daly was shaking and confused what to do at this point. Suddenly, one of the agents drew a gun and another tried smashing one of the windows with a metal flashlight. Daly drove off with every intention of driving to the closest police station. She stopped at a red light and the 911 operator, still on the line, confirmed the agents were from the ABC. Police arrived and brought Daly to the station. While at the station, one of the ABC agents filed a criminal complaint against Daly, accusing her of assaulting two of the agents and also for failing to stop when ordered to do so. Daly spent the night in jail. Two months later, all charges were dropped and in October, the incident was expunged from her record. Daly, who now suffers from intense anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and a tremor in her hand, recently filed a $40 million lawsuit against the ABC. The lawsuit says that Daly "does not and never has consumed alcohol or abused drugs, and/or her parents, on her behalf, have incurred significant legal, medical and other costs, and will continue to do so in the future due to the malicious, intentional, and/or grossly negligent actions of the defendants.. . . The agents acted with actual malice, out of embarrassment and disgrace for their own intentional and grossly negligent acts and charged [Daly] with three felonies and did so out of anger and personal spite." Despite the charges being dropped, if Daly had not had the incident expunged from her record, it would have still shown up as public record, where it could have been seen by potential future employers, family, business associates or friends. If you have prior criminal charges that were dropped or you were found not guilty, contact an experienced Cook County criminal defense attorney today to discuss how those charges can be expunged from your record.

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