Pursuing relief from a criminal record
Frequently, I am asked questions regarding the Illinois clemency process, which can be long and arduous. Many times, a petition to expunge or seal may be the appropriate recourse. Expungement or sealing may not be available by law but petitioning for a certificate of good conduct or certificate of relief from disabilities may be appropriate measures to allow more options for employment. Of course, seeking a pardon from the Governor may also be an avenue to pursue.
The current governor is making headway on the backlog of clemency petitions that have been pending for years. Recently, Governor Quinn granted 74 petitions for clemency. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-quinn-grants-74-clemencies-denies-99-20110902,0,7658092.story
To seek appropriate relief, a review of a criminal record is necessary to determine first if expungement or sealing is available. If alternate routes are contemplated, other options may be explored. In future posts, I will expound on some of the alternatives available under Illinois law.