My question involves criminal law for the state of: Illinois
My friend has a couple of convictions (illinois) for petty retail theft- all more than five years ago. He got to the USA from Sowjet union and i did those stupid things. He now needs to expunge those records in order to not face deportation. Can anyone please help? He is such a great guy, clean record since then, been working, has a steady girlfriend, great family and a good circle of friends. I can't believe that a petty retail theft will haunt him down for the rest of his life. He wants to apply for citizenship and needs a clean record. How can he get the record expunged for immigration purposes (naturalization) or would a sealing be enough ?(which seems much easier). This case i guess boarders criminal and immigration law.