York County Attorneys Handling Expungements and Pardons

The impact of a criminal conviction lasts long after you pay your fine, serve your sentence, or otherwise pay your debt to society. If you have a criminal record, it's more difficult to find a job, rent an apartment, secure a loan, possess a firearm, or even volunteer at your child's school. Today it's common for organizations to run background checks in making decisions about you.

If you are eligible, our attorneys can guide you through expungement or pardon process. Expungements and pardons are two ways to clear your criminal record, though they are both only available in limited circumstances. Contact us today discuss your eligibility for these remedies.

Expungements and Pardons: Two Opportunities to Clear a Criminal Record
The requirements to expunge a criminal record depend upon the nature of the original offense.

Expunging a juvenile Law record is relatively straightforward - you can expunge a juvenile conviction record either by filing a petition after you turn 18, or remaining crime-free for five years.
If you were arrested as an adult, but not convicted of a crime, you may still have an arrest record that appears on your criminal background investigation. We may be able to file a petition with the court to expunge this criminal record. Some summary convictions are also eligible for expungement.
If you were convicted of a criminal offense as an adult, the expungement requirements are more challenging. Generally, to expunge your criminal conviction record you must be at least 70 years old and you cannot have been convicted of any criminal offense in the past 10 years.

If you do not meet these qualifications, but you still want to clear your criminal history, you may be able to seek a pardon. These are also quite difficult to obtain, although the rules governing pardons are not as clearly defined as those for expungement. You may be a good candidate for a pardon if your conviction is old or you've made major life improvements. Contact us today to discuss your circumstances, and to determine whether you should pursue a pardon.

Don't let an arrest or an older conviction keep you from getting a job you want today. If you are want to seek an expungement or pardon, legal help is available. Contact our criminal defense lawyers today to discuss your options.