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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_65058025.jpgRed light runners cause thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities each year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 137,000 people were injured while 771 lost their lives in accidents that involved red light runners in 2015. 

More than 50 percent of those that were killed were pedestrians and people in other vehicles who were struck by red light runners. Unfortunately, drivers often run red lights without thinking it is a big deal. Three of the most common reasons for red light running include:

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If You Can't Expunge, Seal Your Criminal Record

If you have been previously arrestedcharged, and even convicted, but you do not qualify for Expungement, you may be able to clean up your criminal record by filing a Petition to Seal. A criminal history can cost you a job, admission to college or can have other negative consequences on your life and future. The process of Sealing entails petitioning the court for the entry of an order directing law enforcement agencies to impound all documents related to a prior criminal arrest, charge, and/or conviction. While Expungement is preferable because it results in the destruction of criminal records, sealing your record is the next best thing. The benefit to sealing your record is that employers, colleges, universities, and the general public will no longer be able to see that old arrest, criminal charge, or conviction. 

If the case you would like expunged resulted in a conviction, you will not be eligible for expungement. Additionally, if you are looking to expunge a prior arrest, dismissal of charges, or court supervision, but you have a prior conviction on your record, you will not be able to file for expungement either. Expungement is only available to defendants who do not have any prior convictions on their records. However, if you have an arrest or criminal charge for a misdemeanor offense that would otherwise be eligible for expungement, but is not due to that prior conviction, you may be the perfect candidate for filing a Petition to Seal your record. Additionally, some misdemeanor and class 4 felony convictions can be sealed. 

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Will County Criminal Defense Attorneys Who Fight For Your Rights!

Exercising your rights to remain silent and to representation are key to defending criminal and traffic charges that you may face, such as DUI, domestic battery, drug charges and retail theft. Although law enforcement officers are required to read you Miranda warnings, the amount of stress you may be under can affect your ability to understand and process these important constitutional rights. Be cautious when encountering a friendly police officer who tries to convince you that you do not need a criminal defense attorney or that providing an explanation will lead to reduced charges or no charges at all. Your best interest is not a police officer’s priority. Instead, police officers are trained to collect evidence to secure a solid case against you. Remember, “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”  You need an experienced criminal attorney to guide you through this difficult time, provide you with the best defense possible and minimize the negative consequences criminal and traffic charges can have on many aspects of your life.  

If you have been arrested, face criminal charges, or are being investigated for a crime, contact our criminal defense lawyers at Aldrich & Siedlarz Law, P.C. to be your voice! From misdemeanors to complex felonies, such as sex offenses, drug cases, and homicide, your defense will be our top priority.  First consultation is free. 

Expunge Your Criminal Record

It's a new year, why not start 2016 with a fresh start? If you have been previously arrested, charged, or even convicted, you may be able to clean up your criminal record by filing a Petition to Expunge or a Petition to Seal your criminal record. A criminal history can cost you a job, admission to college or can have other negative consequences on your life and future. The process of Expungement entails petitioning the court for the entry of an order directing law enforcement agencies to destroy or return to you all documents related to a prior criminal arrest and/or charge. The benefit to expungement is that employers, colleges, universities, and the general public will no longer be able to see that old arrest or criminal charge

Expungement is generally available to defendants who either: were arrested and released without charges; were acquitted; were placed on supervision; or had the charges against them dismissed. No matter the disposition, in order to be eligible for expungement, you must not have any criminal charges pending and you must not have any prior convictions on your record. Additionally, certain crimes are not eligible for expungement, including sex offenses, DUI, and Reckless Driving. Expungement generally applies only to prior misdemeanors. However, certain felony drug offenses can be expunged if you were placed on a special form of probation. 

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