At any given time, thousands of Illinois residents are unable to secure a good job or any job at all, as a result of past mistakes. Even if you have paid your debt to society as a result of a criminal conviction, you may be one of the thousands of Illinois residents who has been relegated to live in poverty, even if you are trying to set your life on the right path. The good news is, three bills recently signed into law by Governor Rauner may address and ameliorate this issue. Read on to see if you may benefit from these new laws, which take effect the first day of 2016. If you think you might benefit, contact us today and let us help you explore your options.
Beginning January 1, 2016, House Bill 3475 expands the list of those eligible to receive a Certificate of Good Conduct and a Certificate of Relief from Disability. If you can show the court that you have turned your life around with clear and convincing evidence, then the court may issue either of these certificates. Such a certificate will go a long way to help you obtain a professional license or other employment, if the crime you were convicted of is one of the included new crimes that allows you to receive either of these certificates. The Law Offices of David Freidberg can help you determine if you may be eligible for one of these certificates.
Beginning January 1, 2016, men and women who have been convicted of certain offenses and who have completed college, have a vocational certificate, or have finished some other educational or vocational training program can request the courts and police department to limit the number of persons allowed to access their old criminal records. In other words, you can ask to have your record sealed much sooner than the law currently allows. The Law Offices of David Freidberg can help you determine if you are eligible to have your record sealed early.
The third and final new bill signed into law by Governor Rauner is SB 844. For those who have older convictions, SB 844 allows you to request that the court limit who can look at your old records three years after you complete your sentence (the current law requires you wait four years). Depending on the crime you were convicted of, this new law may even allow your records to be sealed two years after your sentence is complete. Call David Freidberg today and find out if you are eligible to benefit from SB 844.
These bills will breathe new opportunity into the lives of over 1 million Illinois residents whose potential was previously squandered for lack of second chances. Now, people who have made mistakes, served their sentence, and been rehabilitated can move beyond their pasts and into their futures. Continue reading