• Juvenile Expungement



    ·        Only court cases are contained on my criminal record.

    ·        All arrests are contained on your criminal record, even if you never went to court.

    ·        My juvenile record contains arrests, charges, and convictions before my 18th birthday.

    ·        My juvenile record contains arrests, charges, and convictions before my 17th birthday.

    ·        Juvenile criminal records are automatically expunged at age 18.

    ·        Criminal records are never automatically expunged. You must file a petition with the Court to expunge your criminal record.

    ·        Juvenile criminal records are sealed at age 18.

    ·        Juvenile criminal records are never sealed. Sealing only applies to adult criminal records.

    ·        Police departments do not keep juvenile arrest records.

    ·        Every police department keeps records about all arrests, including juvenile arrests.

    ·        Expunging my juvenile criminal record will help my immigration case.

    ·        Expungement could hurt an immigration case because immigration courts can see criminal records even if they’ve been expunged.

    ·        Traffic violations are not contained on my criminal record.

    ·        Although moving violations are not criminal offenses, some traffic offenses, like DUI and driving without a license, are contained on your criminal record.

    ·        I must disclose arrests, charges, or convictions to employers even if the record is expunged.

    ·        Once a record is expunged, the record is treated as if it never happened. You are never obligated to disclose it again.

    Juvenile Expungement Help Desk




    Circuit Court of Cook County, Juvenile Division

    1100 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago

    First floor, next to the Clerk’s Office


    Mondays/Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Wednesdays: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Or by appointment, call 312-347-8373


    First Defense Legal Aid

    FIRST DEFENSE LEGAL AID has a special grant from the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission to serve youth.  They provide free legal representation to people taken into Chicago Police Department custody. Volunteers and staff are on-call 24 hours a day to respond to FDLA’s hotline. At the police station, volunteers interview the client, explain his or her constitutional rights, relay the client’s assertion of those rights to the police, and provide information regarding the client’s detention to the Cook County Public Defender’s Office so that it may be used later to protect the client’s rights as a criminal defendant if the client is later charged with an offense.  Volunteers also serve as a link between the client and their family during detention.

    They take emergency calls and can respond by telephone or in person. Outside of business hours, an answering service screens all incoming calls and contacts a volunteer when a situation requires immediate attention.  You can reach them at 1-800-LAWREP4 [800-529-7374].


    Additional Resources:

    Chicago Metropolis Website: www.chicagometropolis2020.org/

    Probation & Court Services 1100 S. Hamilton (312) 433-6575

    Public defender info:www.cookcountygov.com/agencies/ccpd_muni.htm

    States Attorney info:www.statesattorney.org/

    Ill Juvenile . Justice  Commission: http://www.modelsforchange.net/reform-progress/54

    Interview with Randall Strickland, The State DMC Coordinator and a member of Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative: http://insideandout.chicagopublicradio.org/content/why-there-divide-juvenile-justice