Gun Charges

Criminal defense charges in Chicago require the aggressive defense of a Chicago criminal defense lawyer. No matter the charges you face, it is important to have an attorney who will help you navigate the complex judicial system and provide you with a clear understanding of the charges you face. When defending criminal charges, it is necessary to obtain representation quickly. More time to formulate a defense will allow your Chicago criminal defense lawyer to aggressively seek the best possibly outcome for your future.

There are many different types of crimes that could be classified as criminal offenses. These are serious charges and should not be taken lightly when your future and freedom are hanging in the balance. If charged with a criminal offense, you could face fines, prison time and a criminal record that will affect the rest of your life. A criminal record will stick with you forever and could deter you from potential employment and affect your ability to obtain housing in the city of Chicago, among other things.

At Goldman & Associates, our Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys specialize in a number of practice areas including:

  • Violent Crimes
  • Assault & Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • DUI
  • Felonies
  • Hate Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Misdemeanors
  • Weapons Violations
  • Shoplifting/Theft
  • Violations of Probation
  • Appeals
  • Murder
  • Sex Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Traffic Violations
  • Expungement
  • White Collar Crimes

A Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Will Fight For You

Criminal defense in Chicago can be especially difficult because of the high crime rate in the city. District attorneys will fight to put you behind bars and take away your freedom. Although you may think that the odds are stacked against you, don’t lose hope. Our Chicago criminal defense attorneys have been successful in, what may seem like, even the most hopeless situations.

Criminal charges are a serious matter, your future and the future of your family could be in the hands of a judge or jury, don’t waste precious time deciding what your next move should be. Call a Chicago criminal defense lawyers at Goldman & Associates and we will help you make a well informed decision on what your next move should be to secure your future and freedom.

Criminal charges are a serious matter, your future and the future of your family could be in the hands of a judge or jury, don’t waste precious time deciding what your next move should be. Call a Chicago criminal defense lawyers at Goldman & Associates and we will help you make a well informed decision on what your next move should be to secure your future and freedom.

How to Clear Your Criminal Record in Illinois

These days, you can’t get passed most applications for all sorts of things without some kind of background check. If you have a criminal record of any kind, this could prevent you from renting an apartment, getting a job, or qualifying for some services. A criminal history report will include both arrests and convictions from the age of 17. Any blight on your record could show up on a background check without giving you the chance to explain yourself; it automatically marks you as a criminal even if the charges were dismissed. So what can you do? There are three options a qualified Illinois Criminal Defense attorney can help you with: Expunging, Sealing, or Executive Clemency.


Expunging Your Record

Under Illinois law, only someone who has never been convicted of a crime or municipal ordinance violation can have his or her record expunged. To get something expunged means to remove certain offenses from your record as long as there was no conviction. If you qualify for expungement, a criminal record can only be access by a court order and will no longer come up on a background check.

Sealing

Sealing, on the other hand, shields your record of criminal misdemeanors or municipal ordinance violations from the general public and most employers but remains accessible to law enforcement. To qualify to have your record sealed, you must be an adult (or prosecuted as one) and have been acquitted, released without conviction, reversed the conviction, or have waited the required length of time after some misdemeanor convictions. Certain crimes, like most felonies, cannot be sealed. However, Class 4 felonies for drug possession and prostitution can be sealed.

Executive Clemency

If you don’t qualify for expungement or sealing your record, there is the last option of getting a pardon from the Governor, called executive clemency. There is no specific time you have to wait in order to seek this remedy, but showing a crime free history of at least five years is recommended to strengthen your argument for why you deserve a clean slate. Filing the petition to obtain a pardon doesn’t automatically erase your record. If you get a pardon, the next step would be to go back to square one and try to have the record expunged. This last option is important because it could restore certain rights you lost as a convicted felon, like voting. Gun rights, though, have to be restored through a separate process managed by the Illinois State Police.

It’s hard enough to get ahead these days without a bad rap sheet following you around. Give yourself a break and use the law to your advantage. If you or someone you know could benefit from one of the options above, be sure to contact our Chicago Expungement Team to help you through this process. It could mean the difference between a safe place to live and a better paying job and even getting your most fundamental rights back like voting for president and owning a firearm.

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