Expungement Attorney

Chicago Expungement Attorney Wayne Novak can help you clear your criminal record. Expungements are available to many who have been arrested/charged with a crime in Illinois (20 ILCS 2630/5.2).  An Expungement will clear your name from the court docket and take the charge off of your arrest record.  The Expungement process is an important step in a criminal case that often gets overlooked by those charged with crimes.  Cases that are dismissed due to any reason such as witness not showing up or not wanting to prosecute or your completing a deferred prosecution program are not erased from the court system.  Cases with a disposition of supervision, TASC, 710, 1410, Section 10, Section 410 or 40-10 probation means that once the probation is over the case is completely off their record.  The truth is it stays in the court system computers, the police keep your rap sheet and the Illinois State Police keep it in their records until you actively file a petition seeking it to be expunged from your record. That is why you should contact an Expungement Attorney as soon as possible. In this economic climate it is even more important to get anything and everything you can off your criminal record to help you get or keep a job and prevent any further negative consequences from the stigma attached to an arrest and/or guilty plea/finding.  Once you get your record expunged it can not “considered by any private or public entity (besides law enforcement agencies, State’s Attorneys, other prosecutors and the Department of Corrections) in employment matters, certification, licensing, revocation of certification or licensure, or registration.” (20 ILCS 2630/12)  To get started you must do the following:

Step One- Obtain your criminal record

For Cases in Chicago go to:

Chicago Police Department
Access and Review Division
3510 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632

Between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and noon, M-F
to get your fingerprints ran for a fee of $16.00. They will then call you a few days later to let you know you can pick up your rap sheet.

For Cases outside of Chicago please contact:

Illinois State Police
Division of Administration
Bureau of Identification
260 North Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-740-5160, Ext. 5743

Step Two- Determine whether your cases are expungeable (i.e. can you clear your criminal record)

  • If you went to trial and were found not guilty, typically your case can be expunged
  • If your case was dismissed/dropped before trial, typically your case can be expunged
  • If you received supervision for a misdemeanor, your case may qualify for expungement
  • If you were given supervision for any of the following charges you must wait 5 years from the termination date of your supervision to apply for expungement: Domestic Battery, Criminal Sexual Abuse of someone over 18, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Displaying False Insurance, Suspended Registration for Non insurance, Failure of Scrap Dealer to Keep Records
  • If you receive supervision for any other type of misdemeanor you must wait 2 years from the date your supervision ended before applying for expungement
  • DUIs and sexual offenses against a minor under 18 are not expungeable
  • If you received TASC, 70 or 1410 probation for drug possession your case may be eligible for expungement however, you must wait 5 years from the date your probation ended

Step Three- Give Chicago Expungement Lawyer Wayne Novak’s office a call at 773-519-0187 so you can clear your criminal record.