Should I Get an Expungement?18 Jul 2018, by Expungements in
Written by Timothy Czekaj
Everyone makes mistakes. If you’ve made errors in your past that led to a criminal record, you may want to consider an expungement. However, qualifying for an expungement can be complicated, and the process of obtaining one can be difficult to manage. By understanding the benefits of an expungement, you can decide if it’s the right option for you.
If you have questions about clearing your record, contact an expungement lawyer at Czekaj Law, LLC today. If you qualify for an expungement under Pennsylvania law, we can help explain the process and assist you in getting started.
Understanding the Expungement Process
An expungement allows you to erase any record of past criminal charges, arrests, and related court hearings. Your criminal record will no longer reflect that you had trouble in the past. However, not everyone qualifies for expungement in Pennsylvania. Common situations where an expungement may be granted include the following:
- Your charges were dismissed or withdrawn
- You were found not guilty after your trial
- You successfully completed a diversion program, such as a Section 17 or 18 disposition, Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, or a Rule 586 disposition
- You have been arrest and prosecution-free for five years after a summary offense conviction
- You were adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile
- You were convicted of underage alcohol offenses
- You are 70-years-old and have been arrest-free for at least 10 years
- You were pardoned by the governor
- Your loved one who had a conviction has been deceased for at least three years
If any of the above qualifications apply to you, you may be eligible for an expungement under Pennsylvania law. Reach out to an attorney at Czekaj Law, LLC today to learn more.
Pros and Cons of an Expungement
An expungement can be beneficial to your future. However, obtaining one can be a complex, time-consuming, and expensive process. If you work with a lawyer who has relevant experience, you will have a better chance of obtaining a clean record in an efficient manner.
Some of the benefits of an expungement include:
- Expanded employment options
- More options while renting a home
- Ability to obtain or maintain certain professional licenses
- Ability to work with children
- Obtaining security clearance for work
- Ability to own firearms
However, an expungement can also have negative aspects to consider, including:
- Bringing up old convictions
- Legal fees
- Court costs
- Time investment
Although the benefits of an expungement are greater than drawbacks, every aspect should be considered before seeking an expungement. If you’re considering pursuing an expungement and want to know if the pros outweigh the cons in your case, contact a lawyer today for help.
Call an Expungement Lawyer at Our Firm for Help Today
When you seek an expungement, it is best to consult an attorney at the beginning of the process. At Czekaj Law, LLC, we can review your case and determine if you are eligible for an expungement in Pennsylvania. Many factors must be considered when establishing the ability to seek an expungement, so you should consult an attorney who is experienced with clearing records for advice.
An expungement lawyer at our firm can help you file the necessary paperwork and attend hearings on your behalf. You may have to attend proceedings with your attorney and answer questions from a judge and other court staff. Ultimately, your ability to obtain an expungement will depend on your prior record and any recent interaction with the justice system.