Chicago Post-Conviction Relief Attorney

Just because you were convicted of a crime doesn’t mean that your conviction must forever haunt employment background checks, stop you from becoming a U.S. citizen or remain a deportation threat.

There is no reason to let a youthful mistake, misunderstanding, past criminal record—or especially a criminal identity theft—be a barrier to future opportunities. Many options of post-conviction relief are available to help you, even after you have served time, finished probation, or paid your fines. Relief is critical for clearing the records of victims of criminal identity theft.

Through post-conviction proceedings, the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus can attempt to lessen the negative consequences of having been convicted of a crime. Your background may be used against you in rental matters, employment and education opportunities, by Immigration and Naturalization—and even socially.

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Why Post-Conviction Relief?

Ashburn, IL Post Conviction Relief Attorney

Once you have been convicted of a crime in Illinois, your sentence may be just the start of how it will affect you for the rest of your life. This is why it is essential to obtain post-conviction relief. If not, your conviction could impact everything from finding a job to obtaining public benefits.

A conviction can follow you for life, especially if you were found guilty of a felony. Simply stated, your criminal record matters, even after you have completed your sentence. In Illinois, your criminal record is publicly available. 

Convictions Can Complicate Employment in Certain Jobs

While Illinois employers are not allowed to make job decisions based on your conviction history, there are certain jobs that you might not be able to get based on your criminal record. You may also need to pass background checks and cannot do so with certain convictions on your record.

An Ashburn, IL Post-Conviction Relief Attorney Could Help Your Future

Your criminal conviction may not be set in stone forever. In the short term, you may be able to appeal your conviction or have your sentence reduced. If you have already served your sentence, you may be able to move for the following to help you live a better life:

The process for any type of post-conviction relief starts with consulting an attorney. If you have recently been convicted, your attorney could consider the possibility of an appeal or other motions for relief from the court. After reviewing the facts of your case, your attorney would discuss your post-conviction relief options with you. 

Post-Conviction Relief Under Illinois Law

Illinois law allows for limited sealing of your criminal records. If you were not convicted of a crime, your arrest records can be sealed. Even if you have been convicted, your records may still be sealed if you have completed your sentence and the crime was committed before you were 25. While some classes of felonies can never be sealed, you will find that post-conviction relief can help you in the following circumstances:

You may even be entitled to expungement of your juvenile records if your crime happened before the age of 17 if you are no longer under court supervision and certain conditions apply. Given the ease with which people can find your criminal record under Illinois law, it is in your best interest to either expunge your conviction or seal your records if you can.

Contact an Ashburn, IL Post-Conviction Relief Attorney

If you have an Illinois conviction on your record, whether it is recent or long in the past, the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus could assist you in determining whether you may be entitled to any post-conviction relief. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to review your case and legal options.

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Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.

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