In this article, our Illinois expungement lawyers explain the difference between expungement and sealing of a criminal record.
When a criminal record is expunged, the records relating the expunged charges are actually destroyed. When a record is sealed, the record is hidden from public view but is still obtainable with a court order. Employers are not allowed to ask about either expunged or sealed records. Some records that are not eligible for expungement may be eligible for sealing.