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.
The effects of having a criminal record can be far-reaching in Illinois. Facing criminal charges and being convicted of a criminal offense in Illinois are only small steps in what is often a very long process. Once a person is convicted of a crime such as a drug offense or burglary and serves a criminal sentence, that person still has a criminal record. Whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense or a felony offense, you will be required to provide information about your criminal record in a variety of contexts. For example, if you apply for a new job, your employer will likely ask about whether you have a criminal record. Moreover, people with criminal records often are ineligible for certain types of student loans and other benefits.
Is there anything you can do to prevent employers, lenders, and other members of the public from knowing about your criminal record? Generally speaking, there are two ways to prevent people from knowing about a criminal record — expungement and record sealing. We want to tell you more about how record sealing works in Illinois. If you need help with sealing your criminal record, you should get in touch with an Evanston record sealing attorney as soon as possible.
If you were convicted of a crime and served your sentence, you may be looking for options to prevent potential employers and other members of the public from gaining access to or knowledge about your criminal record. As we mentioned above, there are two basic ways to do this — through expungement or by sealing your record. How are these two things different?
Under Illinois law (20 ILCS 2630/5.2), expungement refers to a process in which criminal records are physically destroyed, and the person’s name is completely removed from any records concerning the criminal conviction. In other words, once a criminal record has been expunged, it is as if it never existed in the first place. Record sealing is different. With record sealing, the criminal record still exists in some form, but they are unavailable to most people without a court order. To be clear, record sealing does not destroy the criminal record, but it makes it largely inaccessible. The criminal record exists, but it cannot be accessed.
While expungement may be preferable, not all offenses are eligible for expungement. At the same time, it is important to work with an Evanston record sealing lawyer to ensure that your criminal record is eligible for record sealing.
Under recent changes to Illinois law through the Criminal Identification Act, more people in Evanston with criminal records may be eligible to have their records sealed. More specifically, courts can order certain records sealed when the criminal record involves a charge or an arrest that ultimately resulted in an order of supervision. In addition, it is now easier to have convictions for certain misdemeanors sealed.
Do you need assistance having your criminal record sealed? An experienced and aggressive record sealing lawyer in Evanston can help with your case. At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, we have years of experience assisting clients with a variety of criminal defense matters and post-conviction issues, including expungement and record sealing. Contact us today for more information.
I am forever grateful for Jonathan Minkus and his assistance with my clemency petition. I found myself in an exceptionally troubling situation in which my legal status in the US was in jeopardy due to my criminal record. Per the advice of my immigration attorney, I engaged Mr. Minkus’s services in the hopes that he might be able to assist with a clemency petition. Mr....
My wife and I have tried 3 times for her green card and was rejected three times because of some trouble she was accused of before she spoke English. I asked another Lawyer is there anything we can do and she referred us to Jonathan Minkus. We meet with Jonathan and said he might be able to help us but it would be difficult. Jonathan...
Jonathan helped me to vacate two of charges against me, and both of them are successfully vacated. I had a very good experience working with Jonathan and he is a very kind person and very considerate. I would like to highly recommend someone that has same situation as me to go get help form Jonathan.
For 6 years my wife and I tried to receive our Green Card. After being declined 3 times, I asked our immigration lawyer is there anyway to correct some legal issues my wife fell into before she learned to speak English. We were referred to Jonathan and he has done miracles in clearing her name so we finally have a chance at receiving our Green...
Jonathan is not only a brilliant attorney but he is a genuinely good human being. A petty misdemeanor mistake was holding back our immigration process. We came to him seeking options and hope. Upon meeting Jonathan during our initial consultation, his overwhelming knowledge, positivity and kindness were on full display and we immediately felt hope again. I know in my heart Jonathan deeply cares for...
I highly recommend his services.
Jonathan was the only one willing to help my husband and me during a tough time. My husband was facing deportation and had no chance to beat his case unless Jonathan was able to vacate a previous conviction. Jonathan was persistent and genuinely advocated for my husband and family. Jonathan was able to vacate the 12-year-old conviction with DuPage County, giving us a fighting chance...
I hired Mr. Jonathan Minkus for a criminal drug conviction which I needed removed off of my record that I had pled guilty to over 7 years ago. Without going into too much detail about the difficulty of my case, I would just like to emphasize how difficult it is to convince a Judge 7 years after pleading guilty to drop a charge. Well, Jonathan...
Mr. Minkus did extremely good work on my difficult criminal case for Resisting Arrest . Also he help me save my Commercial Driver License for Agrivated speeding. That means he save my job and my income. This is High Class Lawyer and I would recommended This Lawyer to anyone with deep trouble . Thank You again mr Minkus.
I was wrongfully advised by an immigration lawyer to expunge my criminal record that consisted of a drug related charge in order to apply for residency. My wife and I quickly found out this was not true and were referred by two different lawyers (who did not know one another) to contact Mr. Minkus. We were without hope and filled with stress.
I almost never write reviews and when Mr. Minkus just finished representing my brother and I looked for him online I felt like I had to write this. Yes, he is not the cheapest lawyer around but he did exactly what he said he would do. My brother was being deported and we were sent to Mr. Minkus to try and fix his criminal record.
I hired Mr. Minkus a month ago after a convoluted incident that left me with criminal trespass and criminal damage to property, possibly pending a burglary charge. The confessions I had written and the police notes that were taken while I was in custody painted a very bad portrait of me and the system likely would have given me a severe sentence if not for
My experience with mr. Minkus was outstanding. Mr.Minkus really help me with difficult criminal case for Resisting Arrest and extremely bad traffic ticket for agrivated speeding . I would recommend this lawyer to anyone who are in deep trouble. I would love to say again THANK YOU mr Minkus for Excellent work on my case.
I had a conviction in my record that affect my ability to get my citizenship. Mr Johnatan came highly recommend from my immigration attorney and he was right. Mr Minkus went out of his way to get my conviction changed to the level that won't affect me anymore. I highly recommend his services.
Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.