Expungement (Convictions or Arrests)

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Attorney Shay T. Allen knows and continually follows the rules governing the expungement of city and state records. He has helped dozens of clients to successfully expunge arrests and convictions from the public record. Attorney Allen will take the time to understand your particular situation and guide the most effective possible effort to clear your name.

Call to schedule your free consultation: 708-960-0113.

What Crimes Can Be 

Attorney Shay T. Allen is well qualified to represent individuals in efforts to clear a criminal conviction or arrest from public records in Illinois. He handles cases including:

    • Felony and Misdemeanor Expungement
    • Petitions to Seal Criminal Records
    • Petitions to the Governor for Clemency

Why Do You Need an
Expungement Services Expert?

Shay Allen Attorney at Law - S.T. Allen Law, P.C., 314 N Loomis St, Chicago, IL, 60607

Expungement laws and procedures can be complex and the rules for eligibility change. Depending on your particular situation, you may or may not be eligible to clear your record. Because of the impact, a criminal conviction or arrest record can have on your future employment opportunities, it is important to explore the possibility of expungement. Contact us now.

Were you
Charged with Related Crimes?

Expungement is many times accompanied by related criminal offenses for which Attorney Allen can defend you of including:

What are the options to clear my criminal record in Illinois?

There are 3 ways to clear your criminal record:
o Expungement: Erases arrests and court
supervisions from your criminal record so it is like
they never happened. Qualified Probations (see
definition on Page 16) are only sealed by the State
Police but are erased by the arresting agency.

o Sealing: Hides your criminal record from most of the
public. Law enforcement agencies can still see
sealed records. Employers required by law to
conduct background checks can see sealed felony
convictions. They cannot see sealed misdemeanor
convictions or cases not resulting in convictions
unless the employer is a law enforcement agency.

o Executive Clemency: If you do not qualify for
expungement or sealing, you can apply for a pardon
from the Governor forgiving you for your criminal
convictions. A pardon does not erase or hide your
conviction on its own. If you get a pardon authorizing
expungement, you can then apply to have your
record expunged. To learn more about getting a
pardon go to: illinoislegalaid.org/legalinformation/getting-executive-clemency/

What stops me from having my criminal record expunged (erased)?

o Any pending criminal charges; OR

o Any sentences you have not yet completed,
including parole, probation, or court supervision; OR

o Any eligible court supervisions and qualified
probations where the waiting period for the offense
has not yet passed.

Who qualifies for expungement?

o If your criminal record has arrests and charges,
supervisions or qualified probations that were
completed successfully, you can apply to have those
criminal records expunged (erased).

o If there are any convictions on your criminal record
that are not eligible for expungement, you can apply
to have eligible records sealed.

Do records of a felony go away?

The following types of arrests, charges, and sentences
on your criminal record cannot be sealed:
o Convictions and supervision for these
misdemeanors and felonies:
• Minor Traffic Offenses
• Driving Offenses
• Domestic Battery
• Sexual Offenses
• Violation of an Order of Protection, Civil No-Contact Order,
or Stalking No-Contact Order
• Animal Offenses
• New felony convictions after you already had felony
convictions sealed. (BOLD) NOTE: a new felony conviction
after your sealing may result in the unsealing of your
past felony convictions. (BOLD)