We’ve all done things we eventually regretted. If you were convicted of a DUI, you may regret your actions and recognize that you now have a criminal record. Some states allow for the expungement of certain crimes from a criminal record. You may be wondering if that’s a possibility for you.
When you have questions about Illinois criminal law, contact Chicago DUI lawyer Michael O’Meara to hear about your options. Call O’Meara Law today at 312-909-0706.
What is Expungement?
Expungement is the removal of part or all of a criminal record after an event occurs. Illinois allows the expungement of certain arrests, supervision, and probation. It does not, however, allow for the expungement of criminal convictions. Further, only criminal records maintained by the State of Illinois may be expunged. Federal and out-of-state records cannot be changed by Illinois.
Once an event is expunged, it does not show up on background checks by employers, schools, and other entities. However, law enforcement agencies may still be able to see your record under certain circumstances.
DUI Expungement in Illinois
Although you cannot get a DUI conviction expunged from your record, if you were simply arrested for a DUI, it may be expunged. Also, if you were charged with a DUI and received court supervision through a deferred dismissal of the charge, that supervision may be expunged.
If you’re facing a DUI, it may be possible to avoid a conviction and later seek expungement. However, the process can be complicated. A Chicago expungement lawyer can help you file a petition for expungement and meet all the requirements established by the court.
Alternatives to Expungement
If your main concern is finding employment after a DUI, you may eligible to receive a certificate of rehabilitation. There are two types of certificates of rehabilitation. You may apply for one or both.
- A Certificate of Good Conduct releases the criminal and civil liability of an employer who wishes to hire you. This certificate will encourage more employers to overlook your past mistake and see that you are worthy of employment.
- A Certificate of Relief from Disability will allow you to get an occupational license even though you have a DUI on your record. So if you’re looking to be a lawyer, doctor, or general contractor, you can still do so with a conviction.
Getting Legal Help After a DUI
A DUI charge can follow you for many years. While DUI record expungement is not a possibility in Illinois, there are alternatives available to make your life easier and assist you in furthering your career.
A Chicago DUI lawyer from O’Meara Law can help you get your life back on track following a DUI conviction. Michael O’Meara understands that we all make mistakes from time and time and deserve second chances. He can provide you with options that can help you take back your life and give you a little more freedom. Don’t let a DUI conviction hold you back from living the life you want to live.
To understand your legal rights, give O’Meara Law a call today at 312-909-0706.