In the state of Illinois there is a slight distinction between having your record expunged or sealed. For any matter, having your record expunged involves the destruction and even return of your records to you, while sealing is just that. If your records are ‘sealed’ they’re simply kept from the public eye, bust still accessible by other local and national law enforcement agencies. For first time offenders expungement is often an option, dependent upon the severity of the crime.