Expungements & Pardons
Expungements and Pardons: Pennsylvania
A criminal conviction can hurt your employment opportunities, career advancement, educational opportunities and even your personal relationships. With the rise of the Internet, anyone from a prospective employer to a fiance can find out if you have been arrested or convicted of a crime. If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime in Pennsylvania, the Law Office of John M. Walsh offers a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case and determine if a legal remedy is available for you. To speak with an attorney about a pardon or expungement, contact the Law Office of John M. Walsh.
Expungements vs. Pardons
If you have been arrested for a crime, your arrest may show up in a criminal background check – even if you were found not guilty. An expungement can clear your record of a criminal arrest. For people seeking the expungement of a criminal conviction in Pennsylvania, the news is not as positive. In Pennsylvania, a person must be at least 70 years old to receive the expungement of a criminal conviction. There is also recent legislation which permits expungement filings for summary convictions after five years. Fortunately, however, there is another process in the state of Pennsylvania for people with a criminal conviction. That process is the pardon process.
Isn’t it Almost Impossible to Get a Pardon?
No. In the movies, they always portray people on death row seeking a pardon directly from the Governor. In the state of Pennsylvania, there is a Board of Pardons that accepts pardon applications and grants pardons for a host of crimes. Getting a pardon is never easy, but it is possible for a lot of people with criminal convictions.
Contact the Law Office of John M. Walsh for a free initial consultation.