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Expungement in Pennsylvania

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If you or someone you know has a criminal record in Pennsylvania, we want to help. There are many reasons why thousands of people have chosen us to expunge or seal their criminal records. Our website has valuable information on all of Pennsylvania’s options for those with a criminal record. We also have an online eligibility test that will help you quickly determine what your options are.

When you are ready to start your Pennsylvania expungement, sealing, or pardon, we believe we are the best choice. We are nationally recognized experts on criminal record clearing. We will gladly match any competitor’s price, but nobody can match our quality and experience. We serve all Pennsylvania courts for the same guaranteed lowest price, and we are A rated by the Better Business Bureau.

The Pennsylvania Expungement Process

Expungement proceedings can be very challenging. Having an expungement attorney represent you helps ensure that your case gets processed and granted as quickly as possible. Expungement in Pennsylvania involves filing a petition for expungement with the Court of Common Pleas in the county where your offense took place. The court also requires certain documentation be included with the petition, including a proposed expungement order and a copy of your PA criminal background report from the Pennsylvania State Police.

How to Expunge a Criminal Record

Expunging a case in Pennsylvania involves petitioning the court where the arrest or conviction occurred and asking the judge to expunge the records relating to the arrest and the records from the court case. An expungement in Pennsylvania completely removes the case from your record. We can handle all aspects from start to finish, including appearing for you in court, so that you don't have to in most cases.

Generally in PA, expungement is available for summary offense convictions, cases for which you received ARD, dismissed cases, and for those people who are over the age of 70 and have been free of arrest for ten years.

Criminal Record Clearing Options Available in PA

The quickest and easiest way to determine what options are available to you is to take our free online eligibility test. Below you will find information on some of the services available in Pennsylvania.

Summary Offense Expungement

If you were convicted of a summary offense in Pennsylvania, you may be eligible for a summary offense conviction expungement. In order to be eligible, five years must have passed since the conviction, and you must be free of arrest and prosecution during that time.

ARD Expungement

If you received and successfully completed the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and had your case dismissed, you are eligible to have the case expunged. Learn more on our Pennsylvania ARD Expungement page

Arrest Record Expungement

If you were arrested but not convicted of the offense, you are eligible to have the records of the arrest expunged. Learn more about expunging your case on our Pennsylvania arrest record expungement page.

Record Sealing

If you were convicted of certain misdemeanors in Pennsylvania, you may be eligible to have the records of the arrest and conviction sealed (also referred to as order of limited access). While not a full expungement, this relief will seal all of the arrest and conviction information for most purposes.


If you are not eligible for an expungement, you can apply to the Governor for a pardon. If pardoned, the case will be eligible to also be expunged by the court. Everyone is eligible to apply for a pardon, and you can submit one pardon application for your entire criminal record if you have more than one conviction.

Probation Termination

If you are still on probation, you can petition the court, under section 9771, to end your probation sentence early. We typically only like to request termination if you have completed half of the term. Please see our page on probation termination for more information.

Firearm Rights Restoration

Pennsylvania law allows for the restoration of firearm rights in some situations. Unfortunately, a PA gun right restoration does not lift the Federal ban, so if you were convicted of a felony, you will need a pardon in order to fully restore your rights.

Juvenile Expungement

Juvenile expungement is available under Pa.C.S.A. 9123 for most types of juvenile cases, with the exception of certain sex offenses, if you have no subsequent convictions, adjudications or pending charges and five years have elapsed since discharge from the sentence. Dismissed cases are eligible immediately, and cases that resulted in a diversionary sentence in eligible six months following discharge.

How To Get Started

Regardless of what service you need, we make it convenient and easy to get the process started. You can sign up online, over the phone, or in any of our more than 20 offices nationwide. We have interest-free payment plans. We will assign one of our expert Pennsylvania expungement attorneys to your case and start working the day you make your first payment. Unlike other law firms, we do not wait until your case is paid in full before we start work.

Take our eligibility test to see what your options are. If you have questions, feel free to call us or chat with us online for a free, confidential consultation.

Our Pennsylvania expungement attorneys and case managers have successfully cleared thousands of criminal records for our clients.

Here Are Some Examples of Our PA Expungement Wins

Expunged felony for theft by deception on case from 2009 in Philadelphia where the defendant successfully completed ARD.

Expunged summary offense for retail theft on a case from 2005 from Indiana County – 40th District Court

Expunged misdemeanor offense for terrorist threat from 2005 in Monroe County where the defendant was sentenced to ARD and successfully complete the terms.

Expunged summary offense for disorderly conduct from 1990 where the defendant was convicted in Allegheny County.

Expunged misdemeanor arrest for assault from 1992 where the charges were dismissed in Lancaster County – 2nd District Court.

Use our free online eligibility test to find out if
you can remove your Pennsylvania criminal records.

Our exclusive Expedited Record Clearance Update service allows us to have the leading background check companies reflect changes to your criminal record in less than 14 days, instead of months and even years like our competitors.

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Serving All of Pennsylvania

We serve every county in Pennsylvania, including Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Philadelphia and York.

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