How long should one wait until seeking the expungement of his criminal record?

Get Legal Help Today

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

How long should one wait until seeking the expungement of his criminal record?

The case was for retail theft misdemeanor upgraded to a felony for a previous conviction. However, I’ve worked in a corporate environment prior to the most recent conviction for over 10 years. Needless to say, I fell into a sad state of affairs and now the anxiety is kicking in. It’s been 3 years since the day I pled guilty.

Asked on April 22, 2019 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

In your state, you cannot expunge a misdemeanor or felony conviction, unless it was later reversed, vacated, or pardoned--so a misdemeanor or felony conviction that was never reversed or "undone" in one of those ways is not expungeable. Based on what you write, you do not appear to be eligible for expungement.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption