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.

Contact us at (847) 966-0300 for a FREE, confidential, initial consultation.

Why Post-Conviction Relief?

Chicago Expungement Attorney

Being charged with a crime and consequently having a criminal record can put the brakes on your personal and professional life, both today and in the future. A criminal record, including arrest and conviction records, follows you wherever you go. While it is too late to go back in time and avoid the conviction altogether, you may have the ability to have your criminal record expunged or sealed. This helps ensure your record will no longer damage your reputation, job prospects, and other aspects of your life in the future. 

Having an attorney who understands expungement laws and procedures in Illinois is essential to ensure that your attempts to expunge or seal your record are as successful as possible. An experienced Chicago expungement attorney from the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus is standing by to provide a free consultation to discuss how we can help on your case. Read on to learn more about expungement in Illinois. 

What is Expungement?

In Illinois, when people have qualifying arrests and convictions, they may petition the court of their sentencing county to expunge or seal records. The purpose of this process is to erase arrests, court supervisions, and some forms of probation from your criminal record, which makes it as they have never happened. In terms of sealing, the purpose is to hide certain criminal convictions from public view. 

Only certain criminal offenses are eligible for expungement or sealing, while others must remain on your record for the rest of your life. Your defense attorney can review your record and advise you what charges might be challenged and successfully expunged or sealed. 

Expunging Your Record is a Complex Process

While the benefits of having your criminal record expunged are significant, so can be the paperwork and steps that need to be taken in order to accomplish this. Initially, you’ll be tasked with accurately and comprehensively completing the “Request to Expunge & Impound and/or Seal Criminal Records,” which starts the process, leading down a path of many additional forms and submissions to the court. When any form or submission is inaccurate or incorrect, it can derail your efforts and put you back to square one. Always have your criminal lawyer handle this process.

How a Chicago Expungement Attorney Can Help

The value of a criminal defense attorney cannot be overestimated when it comes time to face charges in court or try to clear your name. Expungement and sealing are meant to enable you to get past the stigma of your crimes so that you can contribute to society, and your attorney can help the court understand this throughout each step of the expungement and sealing process. 

Reach out to the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus to schedule a risk-free consultation to discuss options in your case and see how our firm can help you clear your record. We have helped many people in your situation move forward in their lives with a clean slate. 

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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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