In the state of Pennsylvania, getting a conviction expunged is somewhat more limited than in other states. A person may be eligible for expungement if:

  • The person is at least 70 years of age and has not been arrested for 10 years following a release from prison or other supervision; or
  • The person is seeking to expunge juvenile convictions and a sufficient amount of time has passed since discharge
  • The person has been deceased for at least 3 years
  • The charges surrounding the conviction have been dismissed
  • A court orders that non-conviction data be expunged

Expungement is not available for persons who are currently undergoing a Pennsylvania alternative sentencing program known as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD). ARD is applied in offenses involving sexual abuse of a minor. However, upon completion of ARD requirements, arrest records are automatically expunged.

In order to have a conviction expunged in Pennsylvania, the defendant must petition the court with jurisdiction over the records. The court will then send a certifying order to the relevant agency which has control over the records. The entire expungement process generally takes 3-4 months.

Finally, even though a conviction has been expunged, a Pennsylvania court may retain certain records for limited purposes. These purposes may include determining future eligibility for probation programs, or to identify persons in further criminal investigations.

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