Sealing of Criminal Records in Illinois
UPDATED: June 19, 2018
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In Illinois, under certain circumstances, records of an individual's misdemeanor, municipal ordinance and felony violation(s) in both traffic and criminal cases can be sealed, which means they are no longer available to be viewed by employers or the public. Unlike records that have been expunged, records that have been sealed are technically still available to law enforcement agencies and can be viewed by the public only with a court order.
It is possible to qualify for a seal if:
- You were released without a conviction; or
- Your conviction was reversed; or
- You were sentenced to supervision after a misdemeanor and you have no felony or misdemeanor convictions in the past 3 years; or
- You were convicted but there is no conviction for a felony or misdemeanor, or you have not been placed on court supervision for the past 4 years.
The following cases cannot be sealed:
Felonies (except Class 4 drug possession and Class 4 prostitution)
Article 11 of the Criminal Code (adultery, fornication, public indecency, obscenity, marrying a bigamist)
Violation of an order of protection
Criminal sexual abuse
Sex offender registration offenses
Inhumane treatment of animals
For more information on expunging Illinois criminal records, click on the following articles: