Clearing Criminal Records: Expungement & Pardons
Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, a mistake from the past can result in a criminal record that has a negative impact on your present and future. At the Law Office of Stephen W. Grosh, we help people with criminal records pursue relief in the form of expungement, record sealing and pardons.
Expungement In Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, a court-ordered expungement requires that all criminal history record information related to the charge be destroyed. Expungement may only be requested for certain types of records, including:
- Underage drinking convictions
- Non-conviction data, or charges that resulted in a disposition of “’not guilty,’ ‘withdrawn,’ ‘dismissed,’ ‘dismissed-YOP/YES,’ or ‘nolle prosse’
- Other summary offenses provided the applicant has not been arrested or prosecuted again
The requirements for a record expungement are strict, so it is important to work with a knowledgeable attorney to avoid mistakes that could compromise your efforts.
If a criminal conviction cannot be expunged or sealed, a pardon from the Governor may be an option. Applying for and receiving a pardon requires significant time and effort, but it can be worthwhile – particularly if your criminal record has affected your ability to secure or keep employment.
The process to apply for a pardon requires applicants to be both thorough and patient. The process involves:
- Requesting an application from the Board of Pardons
- Gathering materials for your application
- Submitting the application
- Performing several interviews with the Board of Pardons
The process can take several years while the state makes a decision about your application. Because of the high stakes and significant time involved, it is wise to maximize your chances for success by working with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.
Get Answers And Protect Your Future. Contact Us For A Consultation.
If a criminal record is compromising your ability to live your fullest life, it may be time to consider takin steps to expunge or clear your record. Contact Law Office of Stephen W. Grosh for seasoned, compassionate guidance about your rights and options. Please call 717-208-4599 or send an email and a member of our team will respond to you promptly.