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?

Joliet Expungement Attorney

If you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor, a conviction can stay on your record for the rest of your life. In fact, even if you are acquitted at trial, have the charges dropped, or the case is dismissed, the charge will still remain on your criminal record. Is that fair? Of course not. We are not a society in which people are convicted of crimes based on accusations alone. So, why should the accusation stay on your criminal record?

Luckily, the law provides a way to have the charge removed from your record. The process is known as expungement. If you are worried that a criminal charge on your record may reduce your job opportunities or otherwise damage your reputation, give the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus a call to set up an appointment today.

Criminal Charges on Your Record Can Jeopardize Your Future

There are a number of entities that will perform a basic background check on you, such as:

When the background check comes back, it does not say that the charges were dropped, you were acquitted, or that the case was dismissed by a judge. The only information it provides is that you were charged with a crime.

Qualifying for an Expungement in Illinois

In cases in which the charges were dropped or you won an acquittal, getting the charges expunged is relatively easy. There will also be cases in which the charges can be expunged if you performed court-requested actions such as a rehabilitation program or went for an extended period of time without committing another crime. When you have successfully completed probation, you may be able to get your records expunged. Talk to a Joliet expungement attorney for more details.

Can You Expunge a Conviction?

No. Only under the rarest of circumstances will a conviction be expunged from your record. You can, however, petition the court to have your record sealed. Sealing your record will deny access to anyone but law enforcement. This will have the same basic effect as a record expungement and will prevent you from being denied access to employment or housing based on a prior conviction.

Talk to a Joliet Expungement Attorney

The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus can help get your record expunged or sealed. If you are worried about how a criminal record might impact your future, give us a call or talk to us online to set up an appointment today.

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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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