Criminal Record Expungement Lawyer in Philadelphia Represents Clients in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Throughout Pennsylvania
We all make mistakes. However, for some of us, these mistakes have long-term repercussions. This is especially true when your actions result in an arrest, charge, or conviction. Even if your charges are dismissed, or withdrawn, or if you get a ‘not guilty’ verdict, the record will still remain. This record will be accessible to the public. Your record will turn up on background checks by potential employers, landlords, credit companies, landlords, and more. It can lead to termination from your current position, rejection by a potential employer, inability to access credit, and more. Expungement gives you a second chance. An experienced Philadelphia expungement attorney from our law firm can help.
At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim we understand the impact that records on criminal charges and convictions can have on a person’s life. We know just how difficult it can be to turn over a new leaf and make a better life for yourself when you have to live under the shadow of your past mistakes. We are committed to helping our clients get a second chance at life. We are skilled and experienced at navigating the expungement process in Pennsylvania. We will help you get the best possible outcome in your case.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable criminal record expungement lawyer in Philadelphia, PA, and learn whether you are eligible for expungement and how we can help.
Am I Eligible for Expungement in Philadelphia?
Expungement is the process through which information on past criminal charges is removed from law enforcement records as well as other official databases. This process allows you to live without the shadow of your past mistakes following you. Your record of arrest, charges, or conviction will no longer turn up in background checks.
However, to be able to have your records expunged, you must first ensure that you are eligible. The requirements for eligibility for record expungement in Philadelphia are very specific. You are eligible for expungement under Pennsylvania law if:
- Your criminal charges were dismissed by a court of law due to lack of evidence or prosecution or if the charges were withdrawn or not processed by the district attorney before the trial.
- You were found to be not guilty after a jury or judge trial
- You have successfully completed your pre-trial probation and all other terms and conditions of the ARD program and have fully paid any court costs, fines, and restitution.
- It has been five years since you pled guilty or were found guilty of a summary offense and have never been arrested for another offense ever since.
- If you were found guilty of underage drinking and have turned 21
- If you have completed all requirements of your program after entering a no-contest plea under sections 17 and 18 of the Drug Act. This includes having paid fines and court costs.
It is important to note that your records will not be expunged automatically. It is your responsibility to file an expungement petition with the court. While there are no circumstances under which records can be expunged automatically, if you were able to benefit from a pre-trial diversion program, your records will be automatically expunged through the court system. This is the only instance where you will not need to file a petition for expungement.
If you’re unsure about your diversionary program or whether you are eligible to seek expungement of your records, contact van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim to consult with an experienced Philadelphia expungement attorney. We will review your case and explain your rights and options to you.
Contact van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim to Work with an Experienced and Skilled Philadelphia Expungement Attorney
The prospect of a second chance is powerful, and with the guidance of a skilled Philadelphia expungement attorney from van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, it's within reach. We understand the profound impact an expunged record can have on your life's opportunities. To illuminate the path to this fresh start, we invite you to view our Expungement Overview Video, which offers a clear outline of the expungement process and what it could mean for you.
Don't let your past define your future. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation with a seasoned criminal record expungement lawyer in Philadelphia, PA. Together, we'll review your case and explore your eligibility for clearing your criminal record, opening doors to a brighter tomorrow.