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Expungement • Seal Your Criminal Record • Restore Your Gun Rights

When your Reputation is on the Line - "Results Count"


While everything on your criminal record may not qualify for an expungement, our firm has been successful in having past charges amended to an offense that may qualify for it to be expunged, sealed, or reduced to a lesser charge. There is nothing more important than your reputation! Expungements are designed to restore the rights of productive members of society, who may have made a mistake in their past. Whether you are seeking new employment, or even going on a first date (not to joke, but these things matter). Your Criminal record is more visible, and accessible than you may think. We have all made mistakes in life, and we are more concerned with your future than your past. In Illinois, many laws have changed over the past few years, and charges that did not qualify, now meet the guidelines to expunge or have sealed!

Don't let your past dictate your future!

Call us today to see if you qualify! 309.797.9000

There are a few important differences between an Expungement and having a criminal record "Sealed" . When a record gets "Sealed, " the file is labeled as "sealed" and can only be released to other law enforcement agencies. Employers and the general public will not have access to these records. When a record is "expunged,"  each law enforcement agency destroys, their records. Not all cases qualify to be expunged, multiple convictions, supervisions or arrests may affect your eligibility to have your record expunged or sealed. 

Your criminal record may cause many problems in obtaining employment, professional licensing or funding for college. An individual with qualifying arrests, misdemeanor supervision and misdemeanor convictions may petition the court of their sentencing county for an expungement or a sealing of their records. Only criminal records prosecuted and maintained by the State of Illinois are affected. Federal and out-of-state convictions do not fall under the new law.

“When Results Count”

Hanna & Ruud, LLC Attorneys at Law Criminal Defense Attorneys 309.797.9000

If you have been charged with a DUI OWI or Traffic offense, you need an Attorney who knows and understands the nuances of the laws in Illinois and Iowa. Unlike some Attorneys, when we start your cases, the last thing we think about is a guilty plea. We review all police reports and police videos to determine if there was a sufficient reason for the stop. We also work with many renowned medical and scientific experts, who have been trained to understand the equipment and techniques used by law enforcement. Through our in depth legal research and connections in the medical and scientific community, we have achieved some great results for our clients, including having charges dismissed, suppression of the traffic stop due to no probable cause, not guilty by jury/bench trial, and charges reduced with no loss of driving privileges. We understand that every case is different, and our legal team does the due diligence and insures you get the due process you are entitled to!

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Criminal Defense

The consequences of a criminal conviction are severe. Not only could you be facing a lengthy jail or prison sentence, a conviction may also affect your ability to get a job, securing public housing or qualifying for an education loan. Whether you have been charged with a serious felony such as, drug trafficking or homicide, or a lesser offense, such as a DUI or misdemeanor possession, you need an experienced attorney on your side protecting your rights.

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About Our Criminal Defense Law Firm

Hanna & Ruud, LLC is a Rock Island County, Illinois based Criminal and DUI Defense law firm, licensed to practice in: Illinois, Iowa, and Federal Courts. Our Criminal Defense practice is focused in the areas of: Criminal Defense Drug Trafficking Defense Drunk Driving Defense Traffic Law Sex Crimes Expungements Driver's License Assistance and Reinstatement Together, Attorneys Steve Hanna, Jonathan Ruud, and Rebecca Ruggero have nearly 60 years in combined experience handling a wide range of cases in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including all criminal matters, traffic and speeding tickets, DUI / OWI / Drunk Driving Defense. Hanna & Ruud, LLC was created in 2012 with the goal of serving the greater Quad Cities area, Illinois and Iowa while providing personalized, professional, and excellent legal services.

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Contact Hanna & Ruud, LLC Today

Hanna & Ruud, LLC Attorneys at Law has a long track record of helping clients with legal issues in the Quad Cities area. Our Illinois and and Iowa criminal defense attorneys are ready to put our legal knowledge and experience to work for local citizens and visitors who encounter legal problems in Rock Island, Henry, Scott, Whiteside, Mercer, Clinton and surrounding counties in Illinois and Iowa. Licensed in Illinois, Iowa, and Federal Courts. 

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