Harrisburg Expungement Attorneys
At our Central Pennsylvania law firm, our defense attorney helps people obtain expungement of their criminal records. We help them understand the nature of expungement and the requirements under Pennsylvania law. We provide them with answers to the question, "How long will this be on my record?" Unfortunately, if they do nothing, it will remain on their records until they reach the age of 70.
Our principal defense attorney, Joseph A. Curcillo III, has been practicing criminal law since 1985. As a deputy attorney general and prosecutor in local courts, he gained an understanding of the system and how the state is likely to proceed. This gives him a great advantage when negotiating on behalf of clients.
It also helps him fully understand the details of many judicial system procedures, such as expungement. In Pennsylvania, having a criminal conviction removed from your record is not as easy as it is in some other jurisdictions. Attorney Curcillo educates clients about expungement so that they understand their options.
Requirements for Expunging a Criminal Record
Expungement is possible if:
- You were never convicted on the misdemeanor or felony charge
- If the charges were dismissed or withdrawn
- If you were convicted of a summary offense (such as underage drinking) at least five years ago
- If you successfully completed an ARD program (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition)
- If you successfully completed a first-time offender program
- If you are over 70 years and plead guilty, entered a plea or paid a fine
- If a loved one with a criminal record dies, the conviction can be expunged post-mortem by the family
After submitting a petition to the court, you may need to attend a hearing. If this is the case, our lawyer will attend with you. Once the judge agrees to have your record expunged, he or she issues an order to the public agencies that have your records, ordering them to destroy the records. Our law firm will prepare the necessary paperwork carefully to ensure that no technical details hinder your efforts to clear the record.
If you were convicted or entered a guilty plea, your best option is a pardon. Our law firm can help you present the strongest case possible for a pardon.
Contacting Our Law Offices
To discuss your circumstances with an experienced criminal defense attorney, call our Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, law offices 717-651-9100 or contact us via email today.