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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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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.
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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.