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IL defense lawyerThose who have been charged with domestic battery face serious penalties, including jail time, making it especially important for those who have been accused of this offense, to speak with an experienced Lombard, IL domestic battery attorney as soon as possible about their defense strategy.

What Is Domestic Battery?

Under Illinois law, a person commits domestic battery if he or she:

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IL defense attorneyMany people who are arrested or charged with a crime are surprised to learn that even if they are found not guilty, or their charges are dropped, they will still have a criminal record. These records can be accessed by the public, which can have significant repercussions for a person’s ability to find employment or secure housing. While it is possible to have one’s criminal record erased or sealed, doing so can be difficult, so if you were arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime in Illinois, you should speak with an experienced Lombard, IL expungement lawyer who can walk you through your options for clearing your criminal record.

How to Clear Your Criminal Record

There are actually three ways to clear one’s criminal record, the first of which is expungement. Expungement proceedings completely erase a person’s record of arrest or court supervision. Sealing, on the other hand, allows a person to hide his or her criminal record from most members of the public. Some individuals and entities will still have access to sealed records, including law enforcement agencies. Similarly, employers that are required by law to conduct background checks will be able to see sealed felony convictions, although they will not be able to see any misdemeanor convictions or cases that did not result in a conviction. Those who do not qualify for expungement or sealing could apply for a pardon from the Governor. This method does not, however, erase or hide a conviction. Instead, those who have received a pardon will have the option of applying for expungement.

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IL defense lawyerWhen a person is arrested and charged with a crime of some severity, the implications of the charges do not end with potential jail-time. The truth of the matter is that a serious charge can impact a person for the rest of their life. Having a significant criminal charge on your criminal record can impact a person’s ability to secure employment, housing, and advanced education opportunities. Fortunately, in some instances, it is possible to have charges expunged from your criminal record. Below we will discuss expungement in Illinois, and the importance of speaking with your attorney regarding your options.

Understanding Expungement

In the state of Illinois, a person can seek expungement of an arrest that did not result in a conviction. If the charge is expunged from your record, it will be erased from all records and databases. If you are seeking to remove a conviction from your criminal record, you may be able to have your record sealed. While sealing your record will not remove the conviction from your criminal record, it will remove it from visibility by potential employers and other officials. It should also be noted that if a conviction is ultimately reversed, a person can seek to have the charge expunged.

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IL defense lawyerThroughout the state of Illinois, hundreds of law enforcement officials statewide are tasked with keeping our roads safe. With that in mind, police personnel are constantly on the lookout for drivers that are failing to adhere to state traffic laws. While some traffic violations will only result in minimal fines and points against your driving record, others can lead to serious legal consequences. Below we will examine some of the more serious traffic violations in Illinois, and why you should seek legal counsel if you have been charged with a violation.

  • Aggravated Speeding: Due to the dangerous nature of traveling at speeds over the legal speed limit, speeding can come with serious consequences. In Illinois, a person can be charged with aggravated speeding if they are clocked driving 26 miles per hour or more over the speed limit. Unlike many traffic violations, an aggravated speeding charge constitutes a Class B misdemeanor and can lead to up to 6 months in jail. Fortunately, there are a number of defense strategies a skilled attorney can utilize in an aggravated speeding case.
  • Reckless Driving: According to Illinois state law, reckless driving is defined as the willful disregard for the safety of one’s self and others while operating a motor vehicle. The most common examples of reckless driving include driving 35 miles per hour or more over the speed limit and swerving between lanes of traffic recklessly and without signaling. If convicted, a person will face Class A misdemeanor charges. It should also be noted that if a person’s reckless driving results in severe bodily harm to another party, the charges will likely be elevated to a felony.
  • Driving Under the Influence: Every single year, thousands of Illinoisans are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Much like reckless driving, a DUI constitutes a Class A misdemeanor and can be elevated to a felony if aggravating factors are present. While many people assume that a DUI charge will automatically result in a conviction, there are a number of ways in which an experienced attorney can fight against a conviction. Whether a law enforcement officer pulled you over without probable cause, forced you to submit to chemical testing, or violated your rights throughout the arrest process, you need to work with a knowledgeable legal professional when facing DUI charges.

Contact a Lombard Traffic Violation Attorney

As mentioned above, many traffic violations can result in serious ramifications. A misdemeanor conviction can lead to difficulty in securing employment, housing, or loan opportunities. At Aldrich & Siedlarz Law, P.C., our team is dedicated to helping our clients fight against traffic violation charges. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Will County criminal defense attorney, call us today at 630-953-3000.

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IL defense lawyerWhen a person is charged with a serious criminal offense, the charges can change their life forever. Outside of the potential fines and possible jail time, a significant charge on a person’s criminal record can impact their ability to secure housing and employment opportunities. Fortunately, a person may be able to remove the charges from their record through expungement. Expungement is the process of removing all records of an arrest or charge from the public record. While the expungement process can be complicated, a knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the process.

The Expungement Process

As you and your attorney begin the expungement process, your attorney will present you with the necessary paperwork and the steps you must take to seek expungement. Before moving forward in the process your attorney will ask you general questions regarding the case and the crime, and how much time has passed since the arrest.

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