Proposal would allow criminal charges to be expunged immediately in cases of acquittals
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) is proposing changes to the Criminal Identification Act to allow individuals acquitted or who have criminal charges against them dismissed with prejudice to immediately move to have the proceedings expunged from their records.
With the exception of minor traffic offenses, House Bill 5867 would allow expungements in such cases to take place immediately following the final disposition of the case.
The bill would also require the court to make the defendant aware of their rights immediately following final disposition and prohibits the state’s attorney from objecting to all such filings, which can be made by the individual or on their behalf by the attorney representing them.
The bill also stipulates that no charges or fees shall be charged to the individual by the circuit court clerk or the Department of State Police for processing petitions filed under this provision.
HB5867 was referred to the Rules Committee.
Ford represents the 8th House District which includes parts of Chicago, Oak Park, North Riverside, Brookfield and La Grange.