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Friday, November 14, 2014

How to Access Your Police Record in Cook County

There are many reasons you may need to get a copy of your criminal record, from a meeting with a Chicago criminal defense lawyer to discuss new charges to the expungement of old charges. While every county has a different procedure, it's relatively painless and straightforward in Cook County. 

How to Get Your Police Record in Cook County

It's generally simple to get your police record in Cook County. 

1. Call the police department that processed your arrest. Because some police departments have additional procedures, it's best to call and double-check when you'll be able to come in and get a copy of your record. You'll also need to find out what type of fee the department will charge you for a copy.

2. Bring your identification and the fee. Remember, fees are subject to change; that's why it's a good idea to call before you show up. The police department may not take personal checks or credit cards, so be prepared with the type of payment they require.

The police will send your Access and Review form, which you'll be required to fill out, to the Illinois State Police. Within 60 days, the Illinois State Police will send your record to the police department, who will then notify you that your record has arrived.

3. Pick up your criminal record. If you are reviewing your "State Rap Sheet," which comes from the Illinois State Police, you'll need to set up an appointment to see it; if you don't set up that appointment within a month, you'll have to start the whole process over again.

Local and State Rap Sheets: The Difference

You can pick up your criminal record from the Chicago Police and take it home with you. However, if you need your statewide record, it must stay at the police department -- you cannot make copies and you cannot take it with you.

If you're not sure about how this affects your case, talk to your Cook County criminal defense lawyer; he'll be able to give you the guidance you need.

, Chicago criminal defense attorney

 


Monday, July 21, 2014

The Criminal History Box: Don't Check it Just Yet

A new law passed this spring that allows ex-offenders to skip over the "Criminal History" section of job applications until an employer has deemed them qualified for the job. Because so many candidates are rejected in the first round just because of criminal histories, this new law might help ex-offenders get back into the job market and get on the path to a new life. Read more.

 


Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Expungement and Sealing Blog

XpungeChicago is a Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury that is solely devoted to the clearing of criminal records.  Clearing your criminal record is more important than ever in today's day and age.  XpuncheChicago has expunged or sealed records for clients in Cook County (Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview, Markham), and even Lake and DuPage County. 

XpungeChicago has recently created a new Blog that will provide tips and new information concerning expungements and sealings in Illinois.  For more information on how to clear your criminal record, visit XpungeChicago.com

Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future. 


Monday, August 6, 2012

Misdemeanors

A common misconception is that misdemeanor charges are minor or trivial cases.  People often believe that they are automatically expunged or cleared from your record when the case ends.  

The reality is that people are sentenced to supervision, probation and even jail on misdemeanor cases.  If such a sentence occurs, a misdemeanor can have lifelong consequences on your future and especially job prospects.  Even if your misdemeanor case is dismissed, the arrest is not automatically cleared and will show up on a background check.

That is why it is imperative to select a criminal defense attorney devoted to your case and with an eye towards your future.  Our office is devoted solely to the practice of criminal defense and we specialize in expungements and sealings.  We will create an individualized legal strategy tailored specifically to you and the ability to possibly clear your record. 

Have you been charged with a misdemeanor? Contact Matt Fakhoury for a free case review.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Important Change to the Expungement Laws

Prior to 2012, if you were sentenced to supervision on a misdemeanor Retail Theft, the law required a 5 year waiting period from the date your sentence was successfully completed before an expungement could be filed.  However, in 2012, the waiting period was reduced to only 2 years which allows you to clear your criminal record sooner!!!  If you were ever charged with a retail theft and need your record cleared, contact the experts at XpungeChicago – A Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Background Checks

Applying for a job in todays weak economy is hard enough.  But having a criminal history can reduce your chances of landing that vital position to help support yourself and your family.

Almost all employers run routine criminal background checks on potential employees in todays world.  If you are applying for a job and have an arrest or case in your past an Expedited Expungment or Sealing is critical for your job elibility.

Typically, the expungment or sealing process can take months or years to complete.  The Law Offices of Matt Fakhory can expunge or seal your record and have the entire process done in approximatley 2 months!!! 

If you are currently applying for jobs and need your expungement or sealing done fast, Contact Matt Fakhoury to Xpunge Your Past and Xpand your future!!!


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Clear Your Record!

Illinois, unlike most other states, allows individuals who plead guilty and receive supervision and even probation on a criminal case to eventually clear their record.  This unique area of the law is considered an expungement and if granted, both the arrest and court records are destroyed.  To be eligible for an expungment, you must meet certain criteria.  Is an old criminal case preventing you from getting a job?  Contact the Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury for a free ove the phone case review for immediate answers.  You can also get more information at XpungeChicago.com


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