Philadelphia Criminal Record Sealing Lawyer
A past arrest or conviction can haunt you. Ever since backgrounds checks became a routine part of the job hiring process, even an arrest for which you were not convicted can become damaging as it will show up in a background check and potentially give pause to a hiring party. These checks can also affect your ability to secure a loan or a mortgage on a home.
Fortunately, there is something you can do about this. A Criminal Law Attorney can help you to have these police records deleted or sealed through a process called expungement. An expungement of your arrest or conviction will make it as if it never happened - at least in the eyes of an employer.
Is an Expungement a Realistic Option For You?
In many cases an Expungement of a past arrest or conviction is a very real possibility. The following scenarios are those in which an expungement is a likely remedy:
- You were charged with a misdemeanor or felony and were not convicted of the charges and did not plead guilty to the charges.
- You completed the terms of a suspended or conditional sentence, such as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD).
- You have a summary offense conviction that is 5 or more years old and have not been arrested since.
- You were convicted of underage drinking and are now either 21 years of age or older and have met all your obligations imposed on you at the time of your sentencing.
These are some common circumstances, but please do not make any decision based on this list alone as its purpose is only as a guide. Speaking with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who can analyze and research your specific situation is the only way to make an informed decision.
If an expungement is a realistic option it is important that you purse it. The cost of an expungement is minimal when compared to the potential gain of being able to confidently pursue and achieve employment or securing a loan or mortgage.
There are three steps to securing an expungement in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:
(1) Your attorney will file a petition for expungement with the Court of Common Pleas in the appropriate county.
(2) You and your attorney will attend a hearing where your attorney will make your case for expungement before the court.
(3) If the judge finds in favor of permitting expungement, the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository for Criminal History Information will be contacted and they will advise additional agencies accordingly. Your attorney will monitor and take action as necessary to expediate and assist the process.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
An attorney with knowledge of the entirety of the process is essential to securing an expungement. The outline above is but a brief explanation of the process as a whole. By retaining an attorney you can ensure that this process goes as smoothly as possible.
Please contact us today to discuss your specific situation.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.