Expunging a Conviction in Pennsylvania

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How do I Expunge a Conviction in Pennsylvania?

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:

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.

Do I need a lawyer to expunge a conviction in Pennsylvania?

Perhaps - many Pennsylvania Criminal attorneys are experienced in obtaining expungement. Submit your legal situation to LegalMatch and find out if you have the favorable conditions to wipe your record clean.

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Last Modified: 12-23-2013 12:59 PM PST

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