Even if you were arrested and no charges were filed, you have a criminal record for life. That record can cause you to be unfairly prejudiced when you apply for jobs or housing. A simple arrest can cause you to have a record a several state law enforcement agencies.
When a person is arrested in Pennsylvania, that arrest record is transmitted to various law agencies. The local police, county police, state police and federal government all share information about the arrest and conviction.
Criminal records can haunt a person for life. Unless the record is expunged, it can cause a lifetime of problems when doing things most people do like applying for a job or traveling abroad.
See If You Are Eligible for Pennsylvania Expungement
Expungement laws are often complex and determining if you are eligible for expungement is not easy. Make sure to consult a licensed attorney. Do not let anyone tell you that you are not eligible unless they are an attorney who knows Pennsylvania expungement law. You can take a free online expungement eligibility test created by lawyers at RecordGone.com
Research Shows Growing Need for Expungement And Record Sealing Laws
A recent study by the prestigous Pew Research firm shows that one in every 31 adults in the United States is in the corrections system, which includes jail, prison, probation and supervision, more than double the rate of a quarter century ago. The report was released in March of 2009.
The study, which said the current rate compares to one in 77 in 1982, concluded that with declining resources, more emphasis should be put on community supervision, not jail or prison.
A natural consequence of this study is that there is a need for states to have laws to allow a select few of these people to have their criminal conviction expunged or sealed. Expungement and record sealing allows deserving people to have a second second chance and can greatly reduce the likelihood that a person will reoffend.
Seek a Specialized Expungement Attorney
Any Pennsylvania attorney can represent you in court, but selecting a specialized expungement greatly increases your chances of a successful expungement. An attorney that specializes in expungement knows the rules and procedures of the Pennsylvania courts, and is able to expunge your record sooner for a lower price.