The new law allows individuals who have served their punishment and remained free of arrest or prosecution for anywhere from seven to ten years for non-violent second or third degree misdemeanors to petition the court for their record to be sealed from public view.
More importantly, it means being convicted of a non-violent second- or third-degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania need no longer remain with a person for their lifetime.
Third-degree misdemeanors include certain types of disorderly conduct, loitering and prowling at night, and open lewdness, among other crimes. Second-degree misdemeanors include such crimes as false swearing in official matters, bigamy and impersonating a public servant, among other crimes.
The Impact: This Act allows for the sealing of certain criminal records. So while law enforcement and state licensing agencies will continue to have access to those records, a person’s past criminal record will no longer be an impediment for employment, housing, education and more.
The attorneys at Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy & O’Connell, LLP are experienced in expungement proceedings and can also assist you in petitioning the court to have your record sealed. If you were previously convicted of a non-violent second- or third-degree felony, like retail theft or disorderly conduct, and wish to speak to an experienced attorney about having this information sealed publicly, contact Howland Hess O'Connell today.
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