Restore Your Good Name with A Clear Criminal Record
If you have a past record of arrest or prosecution, chances are that it is holding you back. Did you know:
- A criminal record can get in the way of getting a job or promotion
- A criminal record can affect housing in the form of a mortgage application or lease for rental property
- A criminal record can keep you out of the school you want to attend or prevent you from serving in the military
- A criminal record can also prevent you from adopting a child or volunteering with local schools or charities
An embarrassing incident from your past can be discovered by any private citizen who has internet access. Your good name and reputation can be destroyed overnight. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced attorney, these records can be erased and you can be free to move on with your life.
What Does an Expungement Do?
If your PA criminal record is expunged, your arrest and prosecution record is erased. There are other benefits as well, including the destruction of fingerprints, mug shots, police reports, online court records and the record of final disposition of your case. The removal of these events from your record means employers, creditors and the general public are unable to view any government records about the offense.
Who Is Eligible for Record Expungement in PA?
There are many categories where expungement is available, and I’ve been helping people throughout Lancaster County clear their records since 1985:
- A conviction for a summary offense which occurred more than 5 years ago
- A DUI which resulted in acceptance into ARD
- Any other crimes for which one received an ARD disposition
- Section 17 Diversionary Program (most often used for Possession of Drugs or Paraphernalia)
- Any summary, misdemeanor or felony charge or prosecution where charges were dismissed, withdrawn, nol prossed, or resulted in a finding of not guilty
- Underage drinking conviction where the individual is over 21 years of age and the suspension of driving privileges has been served
- Juvenile court records for most offenses
- Misdemeanor or felony convictions where the individual is 70 years of age and has been free of conviction for the prior 10 years
- Protection From Abuse (PFA) actions where the petition was withdrawn or dismissed
- Governor’s pardon for any conviction
The expungement process typically takes 3-4 months. Only one consultation is required. I gather the necessary documentation and guide your expungement petition through the court system.
I strongly believe that people’s mistakes should not haunt them for the rest of their lives. Contact me at 717-290-7900 or complete the form on this page and I’ll help restore your good name.