Choose Top Representation From a Harrisburg Criminal Lawyer
Is a criminal record preventing you from landing the job you want or taking a certain career path? Having your criminal record expunged will certainly make landing a job a lot easier. In this day of the internet and search engines, your criminal record is available to the public and employers with the click of a button. In this economic recession, the job market is highly competitive, and having a criminal record will surely give job candidates with no criminal record an edge up on you. The solution to this problem is having your criminal record expunged by a harrisburg expungement attorney.
What is an expungement?
You may be wondering, what is an expungement? Simply, an expungement is the removal of criminal information so that there is no trace or indication that such information ever existed. In other words, an expungement is similar to taking an eraser and erasing any trace of your criminal history.
We Have A Success Track Record of Expungements
At the Law Offices of Roy Galloway, LLC, we have helped many clients successfully expunge their criminal records. It may come as a surprise to many, but individuals who were arrested but who were not found guilty of a crime have an arrest record, which may be seen by employers and the public. An arrest record can be just as harmful to a person’s reputation as a criminal conviction. Our firm can help you get rid of your arrest record. Read the information below to determine if you quality for an expungement.
Expungement of Summary Convictions
Persons convicted of a summary offense “may” have their records expunged in the following circumstances:
- The person has been free of arrest or prosecution for five years following the conviction for a summary offense;
- The person has reached the age of 70 and have been free of arrest of prosecution for ten years;
- The person who is the subject of the information has been dead for three years.
Persons who were admitted into and completed the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program are eligible to have their criminal record expunged even if they were charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses. We also handle DUIExpungements.
Individuals with arrest records who were never convicted have the best chance of having their criminal records expunged because Pennsylvania’s Expungement Law mandates that their records be expunged in certain situations. Arrest records must be expunged in the following circumstances:
- Where no disposition has been received or, upon request for criminal history record information, no disposition has been recorded in the repository within 18 months after the date of arrest and the court of proper jurisdiction certifies to the director of the repository that no disposition is available and no action is pending;
- Where a court order requires that such non-conviction data be expunged; or
- Where a person 21 years of age or older who has been convicted of a violation of Section 6308 (relating to purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or brewed beverages) petitions the court of common pleas in the county where the conviction occurred seeking expungement and the person has satisfied all terms and conditions of the sentence imposed.
Expungement of Juvenile Records
A juvenile record may be expunged whenever the court upon its own motion or upon the motion of a child or the parents or guardian finds:
- A complaint is filed which is not substantiated or the petition which is filed as a result of a complaint is dismissed by the court;
- Six months have elapsed since the final discharge of the person from supervision under a consent decree and no proceeding seeking adjudication or conviction is pending;
- Five (5) years have elapsed since the final discharge of the person from commitment, placement, probation or any other disposition and referral and since such final discharge, the person has not been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or adjudicated delinquent and no proceeding is pending seeking such conviction or adjudication; or
- The individual is 18 years of age or older, the attorney for the Commonwealth consents to the expungement and a court orders the expungement after giving consideration to the following factors: (i) the type of offense; (ii) the individual’s age, history of employment, criminal activity and drug or alcohol problems; (iii) adverse consequences that the individual may suffer if the records are not expunged; and (iv) whether retention of the record is required for purposes of protection of the public safety.
If you are ready to get your criminal record expunged so that you can move on with your life, call the Law Office of Roy Galloway, LLC immediately at 717-737-3300 or use our contact form and retain an experienced harrisburg expungement lawyer.