Your criminal record will stay with you for the rest of your life. Every arrest, even if you were not convicted of the crime, can show up on your record. Employers, banks, government institutions, and firearms dealers may check your criminal record. Removing the history and record of these arrests or convictions can open up doors and help you move forward.
Pennsylvania allows certain criminal arrests, charges and convictions to be Expunged (removed) from your criminal record:Criminal Offenses Eligible for Expungement
- Any charges withdrawn, dismissed, or nol-prossed
- ARD dispositions
- Summary conviction five years old
- Public Drunkenness
- Underage Drinking
- Disorderly Conduct
- Retail Theft
- Harassment Charges
- Juvenile Offenses
Pennsylvania Criminal Code Sections:
- 3121 – Relating to rape
- 3122.1 – Relating to statutory sexual assault
- 3123 – Relating to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse
- 3124.1 – Relating to sexual assault
- 3125 – Relating to aggravated indecent assault
- 3126 – Relating to indecent assault
- 3127 – Relating to indecent exposure
- 5902(b) – Relating to prostitution and related offenses
- 5903 – Relating to obscene and other sexual materials and performances
- Juvenile Offenses
A new Pennsylvania law, effective in November 2016, will no longer punish individuals who were convicted of non-violent misdemeanors over ten years’ prior by leaving them with a permanent criminal record. The law allows for certain misdemeanor convictions to be sealed from public records. If you are free from arrest or prosecution for ten years following a misdemeanor conviction, our attorneys can help seal the record of your conviction from potential employers. Non-violent misdemeanors graded as second or third degree, or ungraded misdemeanors with a maximum penalty of less than two years are eligible for record sealing. This process is slightly different from the process of expunging your criminal record, as sealed records are still available to government and law enforcement agencies. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss which charges can be expunged or sealed from your record.
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DO NOT TRY TO DO AN EXPUNGEMENT YOURSELF!
Our Expungement attorneys will petition the court on your behalf for review. Generally, courts take up to 30-45 days to review the petition. The court renders a decision to grant or decline your petition. If your petition is granted, the expungement order will be sent to the various agencies allowing them 30 days to respond.
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SOME CRIMINAL LAW CASE RESULTS FROM OUR FIRM:
Allegheny County: Atty. Rieger
DUI First Offense – NOT GUILTY AFTER JUDGE TRIAL
Washington County: Atty. Pometto
Felony Firearm Possession – NOT GUILTY AFTER JURY TRIAL
Allegheny County: Atty. Pometto
DUI Second Offense – NOT GUILTY AFTER JUDGE TRIAL