In certain situations, you may be entitled to have your criminal record destroyed. Following the issuance of an order for expungement, various agencies will be required to destroy their criminal records related to your case.
In Pennsylvania, an expungement may be obtained in the following situations:
1. Successful completion of the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program
2. Successful completion of a Section 17
3. Following the dismissal or withdrawal of criminal charges
4. Following an acquittal
5. Convictions for Summary Offenses after 5 years with no convictions
6. Upon reaching 70 years of age and having no criminal record for the prior 10 years
7. After death
Obtaining an expungement is ordinarily not automatic. In most cases, a legal motion must be filed and a hearing will usually be scheduled concerning the motion. The District Attorney’s Office has the authority to object to a motion for expungement. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney will ensure that you are treated fairly in the expungement process. To discuss your individual situation, please contact Daniel Keane or Scott MacNair.