The state of Illinois no longer considers cannabis a crime, so why does your record say otherwise?
Through the New Leaf network, Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS) is part of a network of 20 non-profit organizations throughout Illinois providing free legal representation or legal information to people who want their cannabis convictions off their record.
PSLS legal professionals are ready to help. We are committed to equal justice for all those who were previously arrested or convicted for cannabis related crimes.
In many cases, New Leaf can help clear your record at no cost. Free legal services are provided to income-level qualifying individuals in every region in Illinois.
If you do not meet the income-level requirement, but are still eligible for an expungement, you will be given specific guidance on a path forward and referrals to legal resources.
By answering the brief questions on the form at newleafillinois.org, a legal professional can determine your eligibility.
There are three possible expungement paths, two of which are automatic, and one which requires going into court. New Leaf will help you determine your next steps based on your cannabis record, and offer assistance where we can.
A: The expungement process itself varies depending on the particulars of your case. If your record is eligible for expungement under the new law and you meet the income guidelines, you will be referred to one of the legal aid partners to receive free representation in court. If you do not meet the income-level requirement, but are still eligible for an expungement, you will be given specific guidance on a path forward and referrals to legal resources.
A: Depending on eligibility and needs, services can include free legal information, self-help instruction, document review and preparation, legal consultation, and if available, referrals to a network of legal aid and pro bono attorneys for in court representation.
For more information on cannabis expungement visit newleafillinois.org or for additional expungement services available to you visit pslegal.org.
What if you were convicted of a non-cannabis crime? You may also qualify to expunge conviction records, too.
Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS), as a member of Access to Justice Illinois, provides free legal assistance to qualified individuals to help remove legal barriers stemming from incarceration, including criminal records relief, driver’s license reinstatement, and more.
If you have criminal records other than cannabis convictions in Northern Illinois (excluding Cook County) that you would like expunged, you can apply directly to PSLS to see if we are able to assist you.
For more detailed information visit pslegal.org/How-To-Get-Started.
Funding provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Welcoming Centers for Refugee and Immigrant Services.