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IL DUI lawyerThe charges a person will face when they are accused of driving under the influence will largely depend on their prior criminal record. Specifically, any prior DUI convictions the accused has on their record will be considered. However, the courts will only look back on a certain period of time when determining the sentence for someone convicted of a DUI. This is known as the lookback period.

Typical time frames for loopback periods in other states are five to ten years, and when a person has a DUI conviction that occurred before that period, the court will not consider it. So, does Illinois place a lookback period on DUI cases?

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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 lawyerPublic indecency in Illinois is not taken lightly. Although the consequences of this criminal charge depend on the particular circumstances of the incident, they are always harsh. Usually, public indecency is considered a Class A misdemeanor. In the event you are charged with a Class A misdemeanor, you may face a year in jail as well as a fine of up to $2,500.

Since public indecency is a sex crime, you may also be required to register as a sex offender. The registered sex offender list can be viewed by anyone and make it difficult for you to keep or land a job, rent a place to live, and/or gain custody of your children. Being registered as a sex offender can also hurt your personal and professional reputation.

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