When an individual is convicted of a crime, they will face the consequences for years down the road, well after they have served the time sentenced by the criminal court. Having a criminal record can have serious impacts on the individual’s potential to get the housing they want, the jobs they want, and even have impacts on whether they can get a loan. In Pennsylvania, there may be opportunities for people with criminal convictions to have the crime removed from their record. The process of sealing a criminal record is known as an expungement.
Of course, not all crimes can be expunged because some are more severe than other. The categories that qualify for expungement include:
- That the individual has a clean record for 5 years
- The individual completed an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program
- The individual is at least 70 years old with 10 years of a clean record
- There is a court-ordered removal of an arrest
The crimes that are not eligible for an expungement in Pennsylvania include:
- Certain firearm and weapons offenses
- Animal cruelty or sexual acts with an animal
- Subsequent criminal convictions
- Crimes that require the individual to register under Megan’s Law
- Intimidation or retaliation of a witness
Due to the fact that the expungement process is so complex, it is important to have the legal guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you have been charged with a crime in Pennsylvania and require strong legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact The Conner Law Group to schedule a consultation today.