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What is an Expungement?
An expungement is a court-ordered process that seals an arrest and conviction record or hides it from public view. When a criminal record is expunged, the individual no longer must disclose the charge or arrest to employers, landlords, educators, etc. when pursuing various opportunities. And when a criminal background check is performed, this information will typically not appear to most with the exception of law enforcement and criminal courts.
Record Sealing Attorney In Philadelphia
At Brennan Law Offices, our Philadelphia expungement lawyers understand how important it is to your future to have a clean criminal record. People make mistakes, but that mistake should not have to prevent you from getting jobs, securing mortgages or traveling in the future. Our attorneys have the extensive experience and skillful representation to help you pursue this critical goal through a criminal record expungement. We will work with you through all of the steps involved in getting an expungement, including gathering and preparing all of the necessary documents and petitioning the court.
If you’ve already been convicted of a crime and faced your charges and penalties in PA, then there is a chance you can have your criminal record cleared or erased completely. This process allows a person to state under oath that the crime never occurred, but every state has its own requirements and laws.
In Pennsylvania, it is your responsibility to either file an expungement petition or hire lawyers to file one for you. Specifically, in Philadelphia, there are some pre-trial diversion programs which could result in an automatic expungement without needing to file a formal petition. Since the requirements can be so different by jurisdiction, it is vital to have one of the best Philadelphia expungement lawyers on your side with an in-depth understanding of the legal actions necessary to put the past behind you.
Clearing Your Record Starts Here
PA has recently widened the law regarding which types of criminal offenses can be expunged. One of the best chances for this result is if you were convicted of a summary offense or were not prosecuted for any offense for five years. Some of these other instances where criminal records could be expunged for those convicted in Philadelphia include:
- You were found “not guilty” after a judge or jury trial
- The charges were dismissed by the court due to lack of evidence or withdrawn or nolle prossed
- You were charged as a juvenile
- You successfully completed the ARD program by completing the period of pre-trial probation and paid all court costs, fines and restitution
- You are 70 years or older and have not been arrested in 10 years
- You had an underaged drinking conviction(s); it can be expunged once you turn 21
Considering the severity of subsequent DUI convictions, drug charges and multiple offenses for other crimes, it is especially important to have a clean record. Without an expungement, a minor slip-up could turn into a legal nightmare that has you facing years in prison.
Our Philadelphia expungement lawyers have successfully handled numerous expungements and are prepared to help you restore your record to its former state. We’ve drafted and filed hundreds of expungement petitions for people throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Delaware, New Jersey and more. And this experience has helped us become one of the best expungement firms in the state, allowing us to help you clear your record and start a new chapter in your life.
Erase The Conviction From Your Record
Do you need help sealing a criminal record? If you believe you have a good case for expungement, the best chance you have at clearing your record is working with a team of experienced expungement lawyers who understand all the specific details of the legal process involved. Brennan Law Offices will work with you to analyze all the details of your specific case and provide the consultation and advice you need every step of the way.
Even if you are found “not guilty” of a crime, the charge and evidence around your case may not necessarily go away. In order to keep your record clean, you need to contact a highly qualified criminal defense attorney today. To discuss whether or not your case is eligible for expungement, contact us online, or call us at 215-568-1400. From white collar crimes to sex offenses, we know what it takes to give you the best chance to move on with your life.