Simmons Hanly Conroy and Madison County agencies will join forces from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 to host the 3rd Annual Second Chance Saturday Expungement Event. The event will take place at the Granite City Township Building at 2060 Delmar Ave. in Granite City, IL. This day will allow for an expedited expungement and/or sealing process for those who are registered by Friday, Aug. 10.
Expungement is a court-ordered process that causes a legal record of an arrest, court supervision or certain probations to be erased, or expunged, from that person’s criminal record. Sealing, which has a similar application process to expungement, prevents businesses or other agencies from accessing a person’s criminal record without a warrant. It is not uncommon for the entire process to take four to six months to complete.
The expungement process includes filling out petitions related to each charge or arrest, which then must be notarized by the clerk’s office and sent to the Department of Illinois State Police and the arresting agency for review. If no objections are raised, a final decision is then made by a county judge. County agency representatives hope attendance at Second Chance Saturday will decrease the process to 90 days.
In order to have the most successful outcome on Second Chance Saturday, you must follow these steps by Aug. 10.
• 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, July 25
• 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, July 31
Six Miles Regional Library District
2001 Delmar Avenue
Granite City, IL 62040
Pontoon Beach Police Department
3 Regency Parkway, Granite City, IL 62040
Fingerprinting services will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates:
• July 20-22, 30-31
• August 3-5, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18
Granite City Hall Inspection Office
Ground Floor of City Hall
2000 Edison Ave., Granite City, IL
Fingerprinting services will be available from 1-4 p.m. on the following dates:
• July 23-24, 26-27
You are not considered registered until you have your fingerprints completed.
Volunteer attorneys will begin assisting participants at 10 a.m. More than 500 people were helped during last year’s event. In an effort to provide assistance to everyone, participants are encouraged to arrive early.
That’s it for the day!
Once your petition is filed, the regular court process begins. Copies of the petitions will be sent to relevant agencies that will have up to 60 days to respond or object. If no agency objects, the judge may grant your petition. If there is an objection, a hearing will be scheduled, at which time you will be able to state your case in front of a judge.
Once a petition is granted, judicial orders will be sent to all parties, who will be directed to either deploy or seal (hide from view) the record. Please note that it make take 3-4 months following the event for your record to be expunged or sealed.
*Only petitions for offenses occurring in Madison County
Additional services will be available during Second Chance Saturday including:
• Resolving outstanding warrants and fines (without concern for arrest)
• Onsite drug testing
• Registering to vote
• Activities for Children
For more information, call 618-259-6559.