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 the expungement day will decrease the process to 90 days.
Anyone planning to attend should come prepared on June 18 with the following information:
- The case number
- The date of arrest
- The arresting law enforcement agency
- The charges brought
- Any paperwork they have relating to each case
Attendees can expect to meet with an attorney on a pro bono basis when they arrive. The attorney will review their paperwork, ensure they are eligible to participate and answer any questions.
Onsite drug testing will be available. Activities for children will also be provided.