A new state law
that goes into effect this month has expanded the eligibility for sealing criminal records. Under the new legislation, ex-offenders can now petition the Prisoner Review Board for eligibility to seal a Class 3 and 4 felony conviction from their criminal records, so long as the charge was not for violence, sex, or DUI. Previously, the only convictions that were eligible to be sealed were Class 4 drug crimes and prostitution. The change in the law means the potential for many new individuals to have their records sealed from the public, allowing them expanded opportunities to fully integrate back into society.
Bipartisan bills were introduced in the Illinois House
in February of last year. A final bill passed both houses in May, and was signed into law by Governor Quinn in August. Getting such legislation enacted is no easy task. According the Illinois Press Association, similar bills
have been proposed in the last five years, but have failed to make it out of committee.
There is a waiting period and other stipulations under the new law, but contact us
at the Bryant Chavez Law Office for a free consultation to determine your eligibility.