Once a person is arrested, a criminal record is created. Many people do not realize that even when a person is acquitted, the record is not automatically removed. Many people also incorrectly assume that a juvenile record will automatically be removed. In Pennsylvania, the only way a criminal record can be cleaned is through expungement.
With an expungement, arrests that do not result in a conviction and certain summary convictions can be removed from your criminal record. It is important to note that most misdemeanor or felony convictions cannot be expunged. The only way to have non-expungeable misdemeanors or felonies removed is through a governor’s pardon.
On November 14, 2016, Pennsylvania created a way for certain individuals to get their criminal records sealed from public view. If you have been convicted of a second-degree misdemeanor, third-degree misdemeanor, or ungraded misdemeanor and 10 years have passed since you finished your sentence, you may be able to get your record sealed.
If you would like to know if you are eligible to have an expungeable offense removed from your criminal record or to see if you are eligible to have your record sealed, contact the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Bickerton & Bickerton for an expungement consultation today.