Tim Eckerman & Associates
Phone: 312-540-0451
Cell:312-618-7159

Fax: 847-656-5801
2700 Patriot Blvd., Suite 250
Glenview, Illinois 60026
Offices also in downtown Chicago at Millennium Park Plaza on Michigan Ave. at Randolph
Free Consultations 24/7Call Now - 312-540-0451

Difference between getting a record “expunged” and “sealed.”

1. Expungement: when a record gets “expunged” it is as if the crime never occurred. Each law enforcement agency expunges, or destroys, their records.

2. Sealed: when a record gets “sealed”, the file remains intact. It is labeled as “sealed” and can only be released to other law enforcement agencies. Employers will not have access to the records.

Criminal and Traffic Laws to Clear Your Record
Beginning January 1, 2004, Illinois law was amended to permit people with qualifying arrests, felonies, misdemeanor supervisions and misdemeanor convictions to ask the court to either expunge or seal the records related to their cases. The law is designed to let people clear their records with or without an attorney. On this page and the associated links, the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County provides helpful information to assist customers in clearing their records.

Criminal and Traffic Expungement Guidelines and Forms
Under specific circumstances, Illinois law allows felony, misdemeanor, or municipal ordinance violation records in Criminal and Traffic cases to be expunged or sealed. If you qualify, your records will either be expunged or expunged and sealed by law enforcement agencies, and will be sealed by the Clerk's Office. "Expunged" records are destroyed. "Sealed" records are closed and restricted from public access, but are not destroyed. For more information on your eligibility and the process, including the necessary forms, please click here. If you are not eligible for expungement of your records, please check to see if you are eligible for sealing of your records under the "New Criminal and Traffic Sealing Guidelines and Forms".


New Criminal and Traffic Sealing Guidelines and Forms
Beginning January 1, 2004, Illinois law permits a person to have his or her records in certain misdemeanor or municipal ordinance violations in Criminal and Traffic cases to be sealed. Sealed records are closed and restricted from public access, but are not destroyed. For more information on your eligibility and the process, including the necessary forms, click on the contact link.


New Identity Theft/Factual Innocence Guidelines and Forms
Beginning January 1, 2004, if someone has falsely identified himself or herself using your identity during his/her arrest or conviction, Illinois law allows for you to clear your name from these records. For more information on this process, including the necessary forms, click on the contact link.

For additional information on expungement, sealing, and identity theft, please visit the "Expungement" page of Illinois' State Appellate Defender's website.

Visit Wikipedia to further review or edit the terminology for this word.

Tim Eckerman is an experienced, aggressive, and successful trial lawyer, who concentrates in cases involving Personal Injury and Criminal Defense.

For the quickest response to your legal needs, please call Tim Eckerman at 312-540-0451, and/or fill out the Quick Contact Request form below.
Quick Contact Request
Your Name:
* Required
Street Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
Phone Number:
* Required
Confirm Phone:
* Required
Email Address:
* Required
Best Time To Call
Briefly Describe Your Case:


Disclaimer:
The viewing of any part of the content of this website does not establish an attorney/client relationship between Tim Eckerman & Associates and the viewer, and no such relationship is implied or should be inferred. Such a relationship can only begin with a contract that is mutually agreed upon and signed by both the attorney and the client. Further, the forwarding by e-mail of any information to the firm by any viewer of the website does not constitute the establishment of an attorney/client relationship. Visitors are discouraged from sending sensitive information through e-mail, due to the insecure nature of e-mail communication.

Designed by Dynamic Webs, LLC
Hosted with US Lawyer Locator