In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are very few circumstances in which you are eligible to have convictions expunged from your criminal record. In fact, only summary offenses are eligible for expungement, and you must wait five (5) years from the date of conviction before you can make the request. Misdemeanors and felonies can never be expunged. However, there are two exceptions to this rule. First, individuals who are over the age of seventy (70), and have been free of arrest or prosecution for ten (10) years following release from confinement or supervision, can be granted an expungement of their record. Second, in most circumstances, those who successfully complete an A.R.D. (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) program can have their charges expunged.
In order for your criminal record to be expunged, a Petition has to be filed with the Court. Oftentimes, a hearing will be held in front of a Judge to determine whether or not the expungement should be granted. Therefore, it is important that you hire an experienced lawyer who can ensure that this process is done correctly.
If you have been convicted of an offense in Pennsylvania and would like to file an expungement, or would like to discuss whether you are eligible for an expungement, please contact Jennifer L. Toth, Esq. here.