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What Happens After an Illinois Pardon and Expungement?

An Illinois man made a mistake during college and was convicted of a drug-related felony. He turned his life around, and became a successful auto mechanic. He is now a loving husband and father, but 15 years later his felony conviction still hangs over him and negatively impacts his life.

He would like to go back to school and become an educator, but his felony conviction prevents him from doing so. Illinois offers the potential for those convicted of felonies to receive a pardon and expungement. What happens after a pardon and expungement? And what is the process of getting one?

How Does the Pardon and Expungement Process Work?

Pardons and expungements are different processes. You may be eligible for an expungement of your criminal record if you were arrested or arrested and charged with a crime but you were never convicted of the crime. Only those who have never been convicted of a crime can apply for expungement.

If you received a conviction of a crime, you may be eligible for sealing. Many misdemeanors and even felony convictions qualify for sealing under Illinois law. Most sex offenses do not qualify for sealing. Some criminal charges can be sealed at any time, and others require a waiting period.

Seeking a Pardon from the Governor of Illinois

All people who have been convicted of crimes in Illinois have a right to seek a pardon from the governor of Illinois. Glasgow & Olsson will submit a petition for pardon on your behalf to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. After you submit your petition, you will have the right to request a hearing. Your lawyer will help you present all of the reasons that the governor should pardon your charges. The Board will make a recommendation to the governor who will make the final decision on whether or not to pardon you.

What are the Results of a Pardon and Expungement in Illinois?

No matter what crime you were convicted of, once the governor grants a pardon, it will be as if your criminal charge and conviction never happened. However, a pardon is simply forgiveness for the crime for which you were convicted. A pardon alone does not erase your criminal history.

If the governor denies your petition for a pardon, you will need to wait a year before you can petition the court for another pardon. If you have significant new evidence in support of your pardon, you may be able to file for another pardon.

An expungement is different from a pardon. If you succeed with your petition for a pardon and expungement after a hearing, a judge will enter an order for expungement. The arrest or conviction in question will destroy your criminal record for almost all purposes. Employers, colleges, and law enforcement officers will not be able to access and see your criminal conviction. Even if they try looking up your record, there will be nothing for them to see. Your criminal record will essentially be destroyed.

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At Glasgow & Olsson, we help clients successfully petition for pardons and expungements. We will use our proven track record of helping our clients receive pardons for you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

How a Pardon Can Benefit You in Illinois

An Illinois woman suffered a serious knee injury while skiing outside of Chicago, resulting in an ACL tear and requiring serious surgery and recovery time. During that time, she ended up struggling with prescription pain medication addiction. She eventually stole a blank prescription form to write false prescriptions for Vicodin. She is now a convicted felon in the state of Illinois. Even though she has been pill-free for 10 years, her felony conviction continues to haunt her.

The woman in this example and many other people throughout Illinois would benefit from a pardon. Governor J.B. Pritzker has a constitutional right to grant pardons of felony charges. After a pardon, the criminal charge is forgiven.

Are you having difficulty finding a job or adequate housing due to a felony conviction? You could benefit from a pardon.

The Types of Pardons in Illinois

Do you have a criminal record that cannot be expunged or sealed in Illinois? If so, the only way to get rid of your criminal record is to request that the governor expunge your record through a pardon. You will need to petition the governor’s office for a pardon. The governor has the authority to deny or approve your petition for a pardon.

A pardon is different from clemency. A pardon offers you a completely fresh start and results in your conviction being overturned and if you are also granted an expungement during the same hearing, then your offense is taken off of your criminal record. Clemency is different and that happens when the governor reduces a criminal sentence but the conviction still stands on your record.

The Prisoner Review Board Process

Working with an experienced lawyer is important because the process of seeking a pardon is very complicated. You will need to provide detailed information about your criminal record, personal information, and an explanation of why you would like a pardon and why the governor should pardon you.

The governor of Illinois uses an advisory board during the pardon process called the Prisoner Review Board. Even if you did not receive a prison sentence, the Prisoner Review Board will still review and hear your petition for a pardon. You will file your petition for a pardon with the Prisoner Review Board. The petition is very complex and presenting this petition has many pitfalls that can trip up the petitioner and get them denied outright. If your petition is denied for one of the common mistakes made by petitioners seeking a pardon, it can be much more difficult to get any subsequent hearings granted.

The Petition for a Pardon Travels to the Governor’s Office and a Decision is Made

After your hearing before the Prison Review Board, the Board will send your petition to the Governor along with their confidential opinion as to whether or not you should receive a pardon. The governor will have the discretion to accept or deny your petition.

We Have a Proven Record of Successful Pardons

Working with an experienced lawyer is important because the process of seeking a pardon is so complicated. You will need to provide detailed information about your criminal record, personal information, and an explanation of why you would like a pardon and why the governor should pardon you.

While the pardon process is very complicated, and most attorneys have never presented a petition for a pardon. Attorneys that understand what goes into a successful pardon petition and hearing have a greatly enhanced chance of successfully getting you pardoned and getting your life back on track. The governor does routinely pardon criminal charges. For the past 20 years Thomas Glasgow at the law firm of Glasgow & Olsson has a reputation for success when it comes to representing clients in pardons. Contact our law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.

Mental Health Challenges Lead to More Domestic Violence Calls in Illinois

A young Illinois couple has been together for two years. They share one child together and have one on the way. Their relationship has seen some ups and downs. The husband served time for a drug charge, a mistake he made two years ago. Since then, he has cleaned up his act and found gainful employment. The couple was in a good place in March before the coronavirus pandemic happened.

Last week, the husband lost his job at a meatpacking plant along with the family’s health insurance. With the upcoming birth of their second child, the couple is experiencing extreme emotional stress. One night, he decided to turn to drugs again and got into a heated argument with his wife. In a fit of passion, he slapped her on the face, leaving a small bruise. She called law enforcement, who arrested the man for drug charges and domestic battery.

Domestic Violence Calls are on the Rise

When the pandemic began, the virus itself was the biggest threat. As shutdown orders continue, other threats have become prominent. Our economy has declined. Additionally, people’s mental health has also declined. Many affected by mental illness had developed coping skills for anger issues and interpersonal issues. When those coping skills are not available due to shutdown orders, or when financial and other pressures pile on a person, they are more likely to snap in the heat of the moment.

In one Illinois Police Department, Chief Deputy Shannon Pilkington has stated that his department has seen a marked increase in domestic violence calls. His volume of calls has increased so much that the department is having difficulty responding to all types of calls. They have seen domestic violence calls increase, calls related to suicide attempts, as well as an increase in burglaries.

More specifically, they have seen an increase in domestic disturbance calls related to battery. Law enforcement has been required to remove suspects from the scene of domestic disturbances. The office had 398 calls during the same two-month period last year. Violations of orders or protection have nearly doubled for March and April compared to the same period last year. Weapons offenses have tripled in his area and calls regarding suspects with a gun have doubled.

The Courts are Still Open for Orders of Protection

Illinois courts are hearing petitions for emergency orders of protection. As families remain stuck inside their homes with each other, tensions continue to increase. Parents are struggling to work while supervising their children’s online classes. Unemployment and loss of income have also put pressure on already strained relationships. The courts have been closed except for emergency legal matters. It is important to note that Orders of Protection ARE emergencies.

Contact Our Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you need to file a petition for an order of protection, or if you need to defend against an order of protection, our law firm can help. At Glasgow & Olsson, we are offering virtual consultations as well as telephone consultations. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.