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?

Record Sealing Lawyer Chicago

Many good people make mistakes, and sometimes, such mistakes lead to arrests, charges, and possible criminal convictions. Once you have a criminal record, it can impact your life in many ways and cause stress long after you finish your court-ordered sentence. It can hurt your chances of getting jobs, keeping a professional license, remaining in the United States as a non-citizen, or even finding rental housing or qualifying for government benefits.

The law recognizes that some people deserve relief from the effects of a criminal record, and you should not hesitate to speak with a record sealing lawyer in Chicago about the possibility of sealing your record. While sealing your record does not completely destroy it as an expungement can, it will make your record inaccessible to private parties, including potential employers.

Who Qualifies for Record Sealing?

Each state has different laws regarding sealing criminal records, and Illinois laws on the matter are complicated. Your eligibility depends on the nature of your offense, as the following types of convictions may generally not be sealed in Illinois:

In addition, if your conviction required you to register with the state under the Arsonist Registration Act or the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act, you cannot seek record sealing if you are still on the registry. 

It is best to have an experienced attorney review your record and determine whether you can have it sealed. If you get a felony conviction sealed, keep in mind that you will then be ineligible to seal any future felony convictions. 

How Do You Get Your Record Sealed?

In order to get your record sealed, you must follow a specific process, and any errors can result in an unsuccessful case. Our law firm can help you by completing and filing the Request to Seal Records. You must provide the court with the details of all arrests, charges, and convictions that you might have, as well as supporting documentation. We make sure that all of your filings are complete and accurate, so you have the best chance of a smooth path to having your record sealed. 

When your record is sealed, it is not permanently erased or destroyed like an expunged record. While the information will be inaccessible to the general public, it is still maintained by law enforcement agencies and possibly some courts. While your conviction might come to light if you have future trouble with the law, sealing your records allows you to state that you have not been convicted of a crime on employment applications and similar documents. 

Contact a Record Sealing Lawyer in Chicago for More Information

If you have a criminal record and would like to learn about the possibility of having your record sealed, the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus can help. Contact us to set up a consultation and discuss your 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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