If you have ever been arrested or charged with a crime, that information goes on your public record and can stay with you for years to come. Even if your case is dismissed or you are acquitted, you will still have a black mark on your record that can negatively affect you in the future. It is often possible to get some or all of the marks on your record expunged. At the Law Offices of Peter M. Tumminaro, we are experienced in expungement cases. We can help you get a clean slate so you can move on with our life.
Not all offenses are eligible for expungement in Illinois. In general, you can receive an expungement for a misdemeanor or felony if the case against you is dismissed or you are acquitted of the charge. In some limited circumstances, you may be able to obtain an expungement for a conviction if you have no prior or subsequent convictions within a period of time. At the Law Offices of Peter M. Tumminaro, we are familiar with all of the eligibility requirements for expungement in Illinois.
Some people mistakenly believe that their records will be expunged immediately if they are found not guilty or their case is dismissed. Not true. You must file a petition to have your record expunged. Each county has its own expungement forms and procedures. You may or may not have to appear in court. Our firm represents clients in expungement proceedings in DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will, McHenry and Kendall Counties. We are skilled at navigating this sometimes-complicated process.
Expungement proceedings take time, so it’s best to get started right away. An arrest record can interfere with your ability to get a job, rent an apartment, get a professional license, get into college and get a scholarship. Don’t wait to contact us to help clear your record and your good name as soon as possible.