How To Get Your Record Expunged In PA (Petition And Process)

How To Get Your Record Expunged In PA (Petition And Process)

In the state of Pennsylvania, record expungement is offered as a way to remove an arrest from your record that did NOT result in a conviction.

Other expungements include when you’ve committed one minor offense and when the offense was committed as a juvenile. In this post, we share how to get your record expunged in PA.

How to File a Petition to Expunge a Criminal Record in PA

Expungement Petitions are filed in the County where the conduct occurred. Expungements are authorized by the statute 18 PACSA 9122 (and subsections). Any petition filed on unqualified charges will be denied.

Expungements can only be filed in specific instances:

  • A summary offense after five years of law-abiding behavior
    • The list of offenses are:
      • Disorderly Conduct (s) (5103)
      • Harassment (s) (2709)
      • Underage Consumption (s) (6308)
      • Retail Theft (s) (3929)
      • Other Summaries
  • An Underage Consumption (S) is when the person reaches 21 years of age regardless of how many years have passed.
  • Any docket where ALL charges have been withdrawn, nol prossed or dismissed
  • Any docket resolved successfully with ARD, or Section 17 or Section 586
    • ARD is probation without a conviction
    • Section 17 was used for drug misdemeanors
    • 586 dispositions mean the victim got paid back in full
  • Any docket that has NO disposition after 18 months
  • Any convictions that have been pardoned by the Governor
  • Felony and Misdemeanor convictions IF the Petitioner is over 70 years of age and has not been under supervision for ten years.

How Does the Expungement Process Work in Pennsylvania?

To get started with an expungement, you will need a copy of your offense’s court or docket records. An experienced expungement attorney can help you through the expungement process.  You will also need to give a copy to the district attorney.

To follow the Expungement Process, these steps will need to be followed:

  1. An expungement is prepared and filed in the County where the charge occurred.
  2. Every County has a different filing fee and processes.
  3. When a petition for expungement is filed in the County of Record, the District Attorney is allowed 30 days to consent to or oppose the Petition or ask for a hearing.
  4. When the Judge signs the Expungement Order, all records are ordered destroyed.
  5. The Pennsylvania State Police will update their database, and the information will be deleted from the UJS portal after a few months.

If your record is sealed or expunged, it will no longer be visible to the general public, including potential employers. Find out if your criminal record is eligible for expungement or sealing.      

>>> Read how pardons for nonviolent marijuana-related convictions have been expedited in PA

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Cleaning up criminal offense history record information can be challenging, especially if you have a misdemeanor conviction or felony conviction. If you’re not sure of the first step to take for an expungement request in Pennsylvania, we can help. Contact Record Eraser to tell your story to a qualified criminal law expungement attorney (this is not the same as a criminal defense attorney).

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Pennsylvania Record Expungement FAQ

How Long Do You Have to Wait to Get Your Record Expunged in PA?

If your charge is eligible, Pennsylvania expungement petitions can be prepared and filed within 30 days. The Court may then take 30 days to review it, and once the Court signs the order, the State Police will clear the record in a few months.

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Can Felony and Misdemeanor Convictions Be Expunged in PA?

The only way a felony or misdemeanor conviction can be expunged from your record is by receiving a pardon from the Governor. Without a pardon the court can’t clear such convictions unless you’re more than 70 years old and can meet other conditions.

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Does Your Criminal History Clear After 7 Years?

No. Pennsylvania provides “automatic sealing” as part of the Clean Slate Law. However, it doesn’t require you to do anything when it comes to particular criminal records. In general, after a certain period, the state’s law will automatically clear the following:

● Summary offenses after five years

● Convictions for second and third-degree misdemeanors after ten years without any other convictions

● Non-convictions

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What is a Clean Slate?

On June 28, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed the “Clean Slate” Bill. This bill allows non-violent cases to be automatically sealed after a specific time has passed. Moreover, the eligibility requirement to get a clean slate is that there are no felony convictions and other limiting exclusions.

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