Expunging Your Record in Bloomington
Pardons, Record Sealing & Expungement
If you have been convicted of a crime, you are probably understandably
worried about the consequences that will have on the other aspects of
your daily life. Will you lose employment opportunities? Have you been
stripped of the right to vote or own a firearm? The consequences of a
single conviction can be varied and severe, not even including fines paid
to the state and jail time. The most important question you should be
asking yourself, though, should be, “How can I clean up my criminal
At Johnson Law Group, our
Bloomington criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in pardons, record sealing, and expungement. Tell us what
conviction has gone on your record today during a
free case evaluation and we can determine which of these legal options could work for you.
What is Record Sealing?
After you have been convicted, employers, lenders, educational institution
representatives, and more can all access your criminal record to see if
you have ever been convicted of an offense. They are also permitted to
evaluate you based on their findings. This is clearly detrimental to anyone
who has been convicted and does not make living a peaceful, law-abiding
life any easier.
To keep prying eyes off your criminal record to avoid further harm to your
wellbeing, you can file for record sealing. If granted, the record will
only be viewable through a court order, which most interested parties
will not bother to obtain. If the only conviction you have on your record
is sealed, you can also legally claim during interviews that you have
never been convicted.
What is Expungement?
Expungement can be likened to a more extreme form of record sealing. Not
only is your conviction removed from public records, it is destroyed,
leaving no trace. No court order can uncover it in the future and you
may, once again, claim to have never been convicted if all of your convictions
have been expunged. Due to the thoroughness of expungement, it is more
difficult to have it granted and is typically only reserved for less serious
offenses, such as misdemeanors.
What is a Pardon?
With record sealing and expungement, you generally need to serve out any
sentencing to completion and wait several years before you can request
them. A pardon is the most powerful way to clear your criminal record
then, as it can be granted immediately and usually removes
all consequences of your conviction. The catch is that no one has the explicit
right to be pardoned, and a pardon can only be granted by the personal
decision of an executive in power, usually the governor of your state
or the President of the United States.
Example: If you are convicted of grand theft and ordered to serve 20 years
in jail, a gubernatorial pardon could remove the jail sentence, regardless
of how much you served. Any rights lost due to a conviction would also
be immediately restored. However, a pardoned crime may still be visible
to others through public records.
You Know Your Options, Now You Must Make a Move
Starting the process of cleaning up your criminal record and providing
a clearer future for yourself begins with you. To avoid mistakes along
the way, allow our Bloomington expungement lawyers to support you with
each and every step. We are always happy to help people improve their
situations through legal means. Feel free to
call us any time at
309.565.8825 to learn more about our services.