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A criminal record follows you wherever you go. Even an arrest record — with no conviction — can prevent you from obtaining ideal employment, loans, housing and other favorable opportunities. However, Pennsylvania laws allow certain criminal arrests, charges and convictions to be wiped clean from your record once you become eligible for expungement.
When a record is expunged, it is no longer available to the public or to employers, potential employers, insurance companies and others. The arrest will not show up on criminal background checks.
A part of our criminal practice includes defending clients facing first-offense DUI charges, and getting them approved for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD). The ARD program is a diversionary program that allows someone who is arrested on a DUI charge to avoid being convicted, and allows any remaining records related to the DUI case to be expunged, such as the arrest record and the record of the charges being filed.
The district attorney and the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository maintain a list of people who have participated in a diversionary program to determine if a person is eligible for ARD, since a participant is only eligible once for a diversionary program.
Other criminal offenses that may be eligible for expungement in Pennsylvania include:
Schedule an initial consultation with our experienced criminal law attorneys if you need help getting your criminal record expunged. Based in Media, Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Chester County. Call 610-565-9696 or contact us online.
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