In Pennsylvania, when you arrested by the police and charged with a crime a permanent criminal record is created. The criminal record is considered public and is viewable by employers, education facilities and the general public. Having a criminal record could prevent you from getting a job, a professional license, a loan, housing, or into college.
However, it may be possible to have these charges removed from your criminal record. The laws in Pennsylvania allow for some criminal offenses to be expunged. You may be eligible for an expungement if:
- Your charges were dismissed or you were found not guilty.
- You were found guilty of a summary offense and have not been arrested or prosecuted for five years following the offense.
- You are an individual who reached the age of 70 years old and have been free from arrest or prosecution for 10 years following the offense.
- The individual has been dead for 3 years.
- You were convicted of underage drinking and are now 21 years of age or older.
- You have successfully completed the ARD program.
If you were charged with of a crime in Delaware County or the Philadelphia area you may be eligible for an expungement. In order to have your criminal record expunged a petition must be filed with the court. If the petition is granted, your criminal record will be removed.
Do not let your criminal record hold you back. Contact The Law Offices of Robert L. Schwarz at (610) 566-0500 to petition the court and get rid of your criminal record.
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