Legal Help

If you are charged with a crime or are arrested, a record is created.  This record can be seen by employers.  In some cases, you can have your record expunged, which means it’s erased from your record.  In other cases, you can have your record sealed, which means that your record is hidden from employers.

Do you qualify to have your record expunged or sealed? 

The Juvenile Expungement Help Desk at 1100 S. Hamilton, Chicago, IL 60612 is a great resource. Drop by or call them today! (312) 229-6359.

Be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • For what type of crime were you arrested or charged?

  • What happened in the case?

  • How much time has passed since it happened?

You may also reach out to the organizations listed below for assistance.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

For over forty years, Cabrini Green Legal Aid has been fighting for just outcomes in the criminal justice system, preserving housing stability and family connections, and removing barriers posed by by past criminal records.

Learn more about how CGLA strengthens lives, families, and communities by helping individuals involved with the criminal justice system.

LAF Chicago: Equal Justice Starts Here

For more than 50 years, LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) has provided free legal services in non-criminal matters to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Learn more about how LAF can help you.

Cook County's Legal Aid Hotline (CARPLS)

CARPLS is Cook County’s largest provider of free legal services. Founded in 1993 (then known as Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services), CARPLS has helped more than 800,000 low- and moderate-income residents find solutions to their everyday legal matters.

Hotline: 312-738-9200

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

With more than 50 years of experience, CVLS is a pro bono civil legal aid provider in Chicago. Thanks to over 2,300 volunteer attorneys CVLS provides the most comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective civil legal aid in Chicago. CVLS’ mission is to coordinate, support and promote the voluntary pro bono legal representation of the Chicago area’s poor and working poor.

Hotline: 312-332-1624

Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is the only non-profit law firm in the Chicago area that focuses solely on low and moderate income renters in the private housing market. LCBH empowers truly disadvantaged renters, prevents wrongful eviction, and fights sub-standard living conditions to ensure all our Chicago neighbors can have a safe and decent place to live.

Hotline: 312-347-7600

Safer Foundation

Safer Foundation is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit social impact organizations focusing on human capital development for people with criminal records. Safer helps clients secure and maintain employment with the understanding that employment offers the best chance at successful reentry.