In some cases, it is necessary to clear your name of any criminal records or arrests. This can be done through two processes, known as record expungement and record sealing. In Pennsylvania, the two processes are very similar, differing mostly in the people who are allowed to request one or the other. Juvenile records are often the ones that are sealed, while adult records may be more likely to be expunged.
Not every person is eligible for a record expungement or record sealing. In Pennsylvania, summary offenses, or minor crimes that were determined by a judge, are allowed to be expunged. This can include contempt of court offenses and traffic citations. However, to have these offenses expunged, you must have pled guilty and completed a rehabilitation disposition and satisfied the conditions of your sentence. You must also have no arrests or convictions for the first five years after your disposition.
If you were 25 years or younger when you were convicted of a misdemeanor of the second or third degree, you may be able to have these records expunged. To do so, you must also have a clean record for the following 10 years.
Once you reach the age of 70, your entire criminal history may qualify for expungement. For this to apply to you, you must have remained free of arrests and prosecutions for the first 10 years after your release from jail or prison.
Some offenses, however, are not eligible for expungement. These include crimes involving a firearm, some types of assault, sexually-based crimes and cruelty to animals.
Keep the Past in the Past
Criminal records can have a huge impact on your life. It can affect your ability to find a job, rent or buy a home, and even determine whether or not you can receive a professional license. Record expungement makes it possible for people to put their mistakes behind them and live a normal, happy life.
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