Even a slight lapse in judgment can lead to a criminal conviction, which has serious implications for your future. You may experience challenges in passing an employment background check, renting a home, or working through the immigration process. Fortunately, you may have options for post-conviction relief, including expungement of your criminal record. However, there are strict eligibility requirements for expunging past criminal history and the proceeding may not be available in all cases.
Due to the extremely complicated nature of post-conviction rules, it’s essential to work with a knowledgeable attorney that has experience in this niche of Illinois law. Post-conviction relief lawyer Jonathan Minkus has represented the interests of many clients with various types of convictions, fighting for expungement and other remedies. Please contact our Chicago or Skokie offices to schedule a case evaluation about your specific situation. You may also find the following general information on expungement to be useful.
You may petition the court to expunge your criminal record only if you were arrested, but never convicted of a crime, AND:
Mr. Minkus will assist you with the proceedings by filing a Request to Expunge and Impound Criminal Records, along with the supporting documentation. It’s necessary to include all details about your arrest and the charges, including the State’s Attorney, police department, and other officials involved with the case. This petition is core to your success with expungement, so Mr. Minkus will ensure that the filing is accurate and complete.
If successful in your petition for expungement, you no longer have a criminal record and it’s as if the arrest never happened. All documents related to your history are physically destroyed or returned to you, and your name will no longer appear on any official records. You are no longer required to list past criminal activity when applying for jobs, on apartment rental agreements, or any filings in connection with immigration proceedings.
Attorney Jonathan Minkus has represented many clients convicted of a wide variety of crimes seek various forms of post-conviction relief. He has dedicated 33 years of practice to handling expungements and other types of post-conviction proceedings, and brings to the table his experience as a former Illinois Assistant State’s Attorney. To determine whether you’re eligible for expungement, Mr. Minkus will conduct a case evaluation to assess the facts in your matter and determine which options are available to you under state law.
If you’d like to hear more about how a skilled Chicago, Illinois criminal defense attorney can help you, contact us today at (847) 966-0300. At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, we’re proud to offer FREE initial consultations at our convenient locations in Chicago and Skokie, Illinois.
Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.