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kristina-flour-185592-copy-300x192On August 24th, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2373. This bill creates a better future for citizens with criminal records. It increases the amount of convictions that can be sealed by Illinois law. It has made Illinois the national leader in restoring the lives of those affected by the system. It concentrates on lowering habits related to crime. This ensures that Illinois families get better housing, education, and employment.

The new House Bill (HB) 2373 assists those in Illinois with criminal records fulfil their potential. Such citizens can now request judicial action to remove these records from public access.

Many organizations were busy pushing this law through. The same were claiming victory when the law was enacted on August 24, 2017. According to Governor Bruce Rauner, “Signing HB 2373 is another important step forward in our ongoing effort to make the Illinois criminal justice system more efficient and effective. This law will help people with criminal records obtain jobs, safe housing, and high-quality education, thereby reducing the likelihood of re-incarceration.”

If you are not eligible to have your records expunged, what are your options? If you have multiple arrests and convictions, or if you have been convicted of certain Class 3 and Class 4 felonies, you are also not eligible for an expungement of your record. But all is not lost. There is another alternative to expungement of your criminal record, and that is “sealment.” Seek the advice of an expert criminal attorney to find out if you are eligible to have your criminal record sealed if an expungement is not available to you.

Sealing Criminal Records Under the Illinois Criminal Identification Act

Currently under the Illinois Criminal Identification Act, certain records of felonies can be sealed from public scrutiny. Unlike “expungement,” sealed records are not destroyed, they still exist but they are not available to the public. Law enforcement entities, such as the courts and police precincts will still have access to your sealed records. There is an attempt by the Illinois House to expand the Sealing Laws of Illinois. House Bill 5723, if passed, will expand the types of criminal records eligible to be sealed.

If you have ever been arrested for committing a crime in any state, whether convicted or not, you have a criminal record. Despite what you have been told, adult criminal records and juvenile criminal records (also known as “rap sheets”) are never automatically cleared. If you incurred a “rap sheet” at any time in your life, perhaps when you were “sowing those wild oats,” but now you have settled down and have become an exemplary citizen, the previous record of your indiscretions is available for public scrutiny.

Can I Have My Criminal Record Expunged or Sealed?

The short answer is “yes,” you can have your criminal record expunged or sealed if your record is eligible. Your first step is to consult with an experienced criminal law expert who will walk you through the process.