North Wales Expungement Lawyers
Results-Driven Criminal Defense Lawyers Represent Clients Seeking Expungement of North Wales Criminal Records
Most individuals facing criminal charges or conviction in North Wales worry primarily about the concrete penalties associated with a conviction. While steep monetary fines, probation, community service, mandatory counseling and even significant jail time are all substantial concerns, in many cases it is the long-term continuing impact of your formal criminal record that will truly hinder your ability to put the past behind you and reach your goals. When employment, educational and even housing opportunities are colored by the stain of a past criminal conviction, you become a less attractive candidate in the eyes of the person or entity charged with researching your criminal past.
Fortunately, in many cases it may be possible to obtain an expungement of more minor offenses, or even a limited expungement to protect your privacy with respect to certain misdemeanor crimes. A North Wales expungement essentially can either clear your record via an order to either destroy or seal your criminal history.
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., our skilled criminal defense team is proud to offer our clients full-service legal representation, including advice regarding expungements and limited expungements in North Wales and elsewhere in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your entire case history to explore every available option for clearing your record via the Pennsylvania expungements system, so call or contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation.
Potential Options for Obtaining Expungement in North Wales Cases
The method for obtaining an expungement in your case will depend upon the severity of the crime charged. Under Pennsylvania law, crimes are generally categorized as summary offenses, misdemeanors and felonies based upon severity. Similarly, the system for obtaining an expungement in North Wales depends upon the level of crime charged, as well as the type of disposition in your case, as follows:
- ARD disposition. If your offense was disposed of via Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program, you automatically qualify for a traditional expungement (destruction of your criminal record) unless the underlying crime was a sex crime where the victim was a minor.
- Summary offenses. Summary offenses qualify for full traditional expungement after five years have elapsed since you successfully completed all required punishment, assuming your record remained clean for that five-year period.
- Second and third-degree misdemeanors. Most non-violent “M2” and “M3” misdemeanor crimes generally qualify for limited expungement—or record sealing—after ten years have elapsed since you successfully completed all required punishment, if your criminal record remained clean during that ten-year period. Certain exceptions apply, such as second-degree assault, certain crimes involving retaliation or intimidation and other crimes that require a more complex process for potentially obtaining expungement.
- Felonies and first-degree misdemeanors. Obtaining an expungement with respect to a felony or more serious misdemeanor is more complicated and difficult, but not always impossible. While certain of the most serious crimes—such as rape and homicide—can never be expunged, it is possible to petition for a pardon of many felonies and first-degree misdemeanors. If we can obtain a pardon in your case, we can then petition the court for expungement.
Hard-Hitting North Wales Expungement Lawyers Provide Comprehensive Legal Guidance
Successfully obtaining an expungement in your case requires a detailed understanding of the legal system governing expungements in North Wales. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., our North Wales expungements lawyers have both the substantial knowledge and necessary resources at our disposal to help you successfully clear your record if possible based upon the underlying offense in your case. Obtaining an expungement requires a detail-oriented approach in every case, and our experienced lawyers will work tirelessly to secure a positive outcome if possible.
Schedule a Free Initial Case Evaluation with Our Talented North Wales Expungements Lawyers
You don’t have to let a criminal conviction that was levied against you far in the past color your present and future prospects. In many cases, we can help you obtain an expungement in North Wales that can legally relieve you of the obligation to disclose your prior crime and eliminate or substantially reduce access to your criminal past. For more information and to discuss options in your specific case, call our offices or contact us online.
About North Wales, PA
North Wales is a part of the North Penn Valley, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Located about 27 miles from Philadelphia, North Wales was historically settled by the Welsh in the early 1700s and was originally a small farming village. Like many other boroughs in the region, North Wales began to change and grow dramatically in the 1850s when the North Pennsylvania Railroad was constructed. Today, the North Wales business district remains home to several restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as shops, yoga studios and even a recording studio. Notably, North Wales is also home to the Montgomery County Association for the Blind organization’s headquarters and the Lamb Foundation, which provides assistance to mentally challenged individuals in North Wales and the surrounding communities.
Frequently Asked Questions About Expungements in North Wales
The five-year period during which you must maintain a clean record in order to be eligible for a traditional expungement begins to run once you have successfully completed all punishment associated with the offense. This means that if you were placed on probation for one year, the five-year period begins to run after the one-year probationary term has been satisfied (i.e., not the date when you were actually convicted or plead guilty).
Eligibility for expungement in cases involving multiple offenses will depend upon the specific circumstances of your case. For example, if you were charged with a second-degree misdemeanor “simple assault” offense and found guilty, that crime would not be eligible for expungement. However, if you were simultaneously charged with other crimes and found not guilty, those “not guilty” charges are eligible to be expunged.