My question involves criminal records for the state of: IL
Briefly describe your legal issue.:
Misdemeanor Battery conviction with 2 year probation and SWAP work. Finished probation/everything january of 2012 this year. I would like to seal my record before applying to medical school. This was my first offense.
I have talked to different attorneys about a 'governor's pardon' because sealing and expungement is out of the question and they've said it's possible but the waiting period could be too long or that it is a waste of money and that I should wait 2 more years then try and seal my record first, then the pardon.
So its either I go ahead with the pardon and apply now or wait 2 years and then try and seal my record. I'm not sure which way to go about. With the whole Balgoevich thing, governor Quinn has already a lot up his shoulder but some say he pardons a lot during holidays.
I really just need advice on when to apply for this pardon, it's only been 6 months since I've completed my probation in january, not sure if I should wait 2 years then try or just go ahead with it now, I'm in a pickle because of the waiting period. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I take my mcat january 2013 and apply for med school in summer of 2013. They say its an extensive background check, any misdemeanors due to violence, theft, or drugs needs to be reported with most information. So I can basically show my mcat application, recommendation letters, grades, volunteer work, for a strong application for 'governor's pardon'... just not sure if applying after 6 months of completing 2 yr probation is a good idea???