Montgomery County Expungement Lawyers
Don’t Let a Criminal Record in Montgomery County or Bucks County Hold You Back
An arrest record can hold you back in many ways. Your job prospects, educational opportunities, housing options, and reputation can all be hindered if you have to say “yes” when asked if you have ever been arrested.
Expunging a criminal record wipes the slate clean and allows you to legally state “no” to that critical question on job applications and other queries. If you need help getting your criminal record expunged, the experienced lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. are here to help. Our knowledgeable Montgomery County expungement attorneys can assess your situation and determine whether expungement is an option for you.
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Clearing Your Criminal Record in Pennsylvania
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, we handle a wide range of criminal defense law matters for clients throughout Montgomery County, Bucks County, and all of Pennsylvania.
The purpose of expungement is to provide people who have stayed out of legal trouble a second chance at a clean criminal record. That is especially helpful if you were convicted of a crime when you were in your early adulthood and many years have passed. Through consultation with our experienced criminal defense attorneys, you may be able to pursue expunging your criminal records.
In recent months, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has broadened the types of cases that can be expunged, allowing many people to erase unfortunate black marks from their criminal records throughout the state. The most significant change is that if you were convicted of a summary offense (a crime not tried before a jury) and were not arrested or prosecuted for any offense for five years, the summary offense could be expunged.
The Criteria for Expungements in Pennsylvania
In general, you may be granted an expungement if:
- You were found not guilty.
- The charges were dismissed.
- You were a first-time DUI offender and completed the ARD Program.
- You were charged as a juvenile.
- You are 70 years or older and have not been arrested in 10 years.
- You had an underage drinking conviction (or convictions) that can be expunged once you turn 21.
Our experienced attorneys can help clients at every step of the expungement process. We are focused on helping you put this arrest behind you for good so you can look forward to a future unhindered by a criminal past.
How Does the Expungement Process Work in Pennsylvania?
When expunging a criminal record in Pennsylvania, your attorney will file the expungement motion with the Clerk of Courts in the appropriate county. Once it is filed, a hearing will be scheduled to finalize the expungement before a Common Pleas Judge. Depending on whether the District Attorney objects to your petition and other details surrounding your case, your presence at the hearing may be waived, and your lawyer can address the issue in your place.
At the hearing, the judge hears testimony and, if applicable, signs the Order for Expungement. At that stage, the court will send certified copies of the order to all agencies listed on the motion that hold your criminal record. Once those agencies receive the order, they must destroy all paperwork and electronic data relating to your case. They must then mail verification to your attorney proving their compliance.
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, we monitor compliance, push them to comply when they refuse, collect the verifications, and mail copies to you once they’re all collected.
Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation with an Experienced Criminal Record Sealing Attorney Today
If you’ve been convicted of a criminal offense in Pennsylvania and believe that you meet the criteria for expungement, get in touch with our legal professionals today. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., we can evaluate your case and, if you’re eligible, petition the judge for expungement.
You don’t have to go through this challenging process alone! Our Montgomery County expungement lawyers understand how tough this time can be to secure a job, housing, and more, which is why we’re committed to defending your best interests through the judicial process. With over 65 years of legal experience as a firm, our trusted and award-winning team understands the complexities of Pennsylvania’s expungement process. You can count on us to be with you every stage along the way.
We are located right off Route 309, in Colmar, Hatfield Township, and offer free and convenient parking. We also have a location in Newtown, PA, and can meet with you in your home or hospital if you cannot travel. Call 215-822-7575 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced expungement attorney today.