A criminal charge on your record could impact your ability to get a job, a promotion, certain professional licenses, student loans, or even insurance. However, there is hope. In the state of Pennsylvania, criminal charges may be expunged from a person's record under certain circumstances.
In addition, if you have been convicted of a crime, you may apply for a pardon which, if granted, will restore certain rights and privileges lost after your conviction. Additionally, once you receive a pardon, you can initiate the process to have your record expunged.
The knowledgeable attorneys at Kope & Associates have great experience in representing people interested in expungements and pardons. They will evaluate your situation, the circumstances surrounding your arrest, and prepare all necessary paperwork.
Expunging Criminal Records
In the state of Pennsylvania, a criminal charge may be expunged under the following circumstances:
- The charges were dropped or dismissed
- The accused was found "not guilty" at trial
- The arrest was for a crime committed as a juvenile
- Application of a Section 17 disposition
- Successful completion an ARD program
- For people 70 years or older who have not been arrested in the last 10 years
- The offender is deceased
- Summary offenses (after 5 years)
- Underage drinking
Applying for a Pardon
The attorneys at Kope & Associates can also initiate the pardon process by requesting a pardon application on your behalf, which, if granted, can lead to the expungement of your criminal record. Once the application is completed and submitted, the pardon board will investigate your case, the nature of your crime, and conduct an interview. Some of the factors considered by the board include:
- Whether you have made positive changes in your life
- How long ago your offense was committed
- How your crime effected your victim(s)
- Why you are asking for a pardon
- Whether you have complied with all court requirements
Importance of Expungement
Most employers, government agencies, insurance companies and lending institutions conduct background checks on potential employees or customers. When a background check is run, criminal charges that appear on your record could impact your ability to get a job, a promotion, employment with government agencies, insurance, housing, etc. An expungement means that you can confidently answer "no" to questions that ask if you've ever been charged with a crime.
If you would like to discuss how to erase an arrest or conviction for you or someone you love, contact the expungement attorneys at Kope & Associates as soon as possible for a free consultation. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.