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IL defense lawyerAnyone with misdemeanor or felony charges on their record used to have to fear that they would be automatically disqualified from a prospective job, but recent federal and state legislation helps provide an even playing field for all job applicants, regardless of what their criminal record looks like. Employers have a little leeway in determining whether any past convictions should bar you from the job you are applying for, but there is a much greater chance that anyone can make it much deeper into the hiring process before those discussions arise. If you ever need help determining if your criminal record can be sealed or expunged, or if you think a potential employer is violating any of the laws discussed below, reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The Illinois Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act

On January 1, 2015, the “Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act” took effect. Prior to this, employers were allowed to inquire about applicants’ criminal records during the application process. This typically led employers to make a swift negative judgment of anyone with a felony or misdemeanor on their record, even if the applicant was more than qualified for the job in question.

The Job Opportunities Act forbids this. Instead, employers are only allowed to ask about an applicant’s criminal record if they have already been deemed qualified for the position. This rule is designed to help push employers to give former convicts a second chance. There are a few fields, like medicine, that still allow for employers to conduct a criminal background check on applicants since many types of misdemeanors might immediately suggest that the applicant is not up for the task.

If an employer deems that an applicant’s past conviction is a cause for concern and they do not want to hire them because of it, they are encouraged to notify applicants in writing of the specific offense that disqualified them from the job. Although this can be up to the employer’s discretion, the Qualified Applicants Act’s purpose is to push employers to only turn an applicant away if their record poses a serious, tangible risk in that profession.

Contact a Kane County Defense Lawyer

The Illinois Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act was designed to help reintegrate those with prior felony or misdemeanor convictions reintegrate into society and receive a fair chance at attaining a job that they are capable of holding. To protect your rights and ensure that you are being given the opportunities that you deserve, work with the Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola. Our Aurora criminal defense attorney will strive to defend your case in court and help expunge or seal whatever possible from your record. To schedule a free consultation today, call 847-488-0889.

 

Sources:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-illinois-laws-criminal-records-118-biz-20170117-story.html

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=073000050K5-4.5-55

 

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IL defense lawyerExpungement is when Illinois government erases criminal charges from a person’s record. This is different from sealing which is when the charges are simply hidden from public view but still exist.

Not all crimes are qualified to be expunged and not every person has the ability to petition for an expungement. It boils down to the type of crime as well as the number of charges already against the person petitioning to expunge a crime.

Understanding the Expungement Process

The first step in getting a charge erased from a personal record is to determine whether or not the charge is qualified to be expunged. Also, a person must find out if they are a candidate that is able to petition for an expungement.

Factors that could keep a person from expungement include the amount of time that has passed since the crime was committed as well as the person’s citizenship status.

Once it is decided that a crime is eligible for expungement, the petitioner should:

  • Collect copies of the criminal record
  • Fill out the appropriate forms
  • File the forms with the Illinois Circuit Clerk
  • Attend court hearing with all relevant material
  • If the petition is denied, ask for reconsideration

 A crime will most likely be expunged if the person has no prior history of criminal behavior. It is also good to have evidence such as proof of completion of a drug program or a letter of recommendation from someone who can show the court that the petitioner is not likely to repeat their offense.

What Crimes Can and Cannot Be Expunged?

Illinois does not allow every crime to be expunged from the record and it is wise to know whether a crime can be expunged before going through the process. This eliminates disappointment later on when the petition is denied.

Crimes that cannot be expunged include:

  • A federal conviction outside of Illinois
  • Minor traffic offenses
  • Convictions for misdemeanors or felonies
  • Court supervision that was not completed
  • Court supervision for reckless driving or DUI
  • Court supervision for sexual abuse of a minor

Arrests made for a misdemeanor or felony crimes which did not lead to conviction are eligible for expungement along with:

  • Convictions of a misdemeanor or felony charges which were reversed or pardoned
  • The petitioner is an honorably discharged veteran
  • Sentences for supervision if the waiting period has passed
  • Sentences of qualified probation if five years have passed

Contact an Elgin, IL Expungement Lawyer

It can be an overwhelming process to petition for expungement. Hiring a lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Mirandola can help alleviate confusion and help you figure out if your crime is eligible for expungement. Our lawyers can also represent you when you go to court and fight to clear your record. To schedule a free consultation with a Kane County expungement lawyer, call our office at 847-488-0889.

 

Sources:

https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/criminal-offenses-can-be-expunged-or-sealed

https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/starting-case-expunge-or-seal-criminal-record

https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/expunging-or-sealing-criminal-record

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