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My sister was arrested for felony theft in IL when she was…

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My sister was arrested for felony theft in IL when she was 17 yoa. This was before the law changed so she was considered an adult. She agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor theft which is on her record. She is now 25 yoa and has trouble getting a good job because of the background check. Can she get this record expunged or is this permanent?

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Ilinois. She was working at a store and was arrested for stealing something like $1200 over a period of almost a year. When she went to court, she agreed to re-pay the money as well as all court fees in exchange for a pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft. She repaid the money and paid the court fees but her record looks as if she plead guilty to felony theft.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
If it were my own situation I would consider it. However, Im just trying to get a quick answer as to whether my sister can have her record expunged

Yes, Illinois allows the expungement of misdemeanor convictions after 2 or 3 yrs of sentence completion (depending on the disposition)

Your sister will need to file the forms and supporting documentation in the circuit court for the county where the conviction occurred.

Here is a link to the forms and instructions:

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Great, thank you and yes I will!

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