A criminal record follows you wherever you go. Even an arrest record — with no conviction — can prevent you from obtaining ideal employment, loans, housing and other favorable opportunities. However, Pennsylvania laws allow certain criminal arrests, charges and convictions to be wiped clean from your record once you become eligible for expungement.
Expunging First Offense DUI Charges
A part of our criminal practice includes defending clients facing first-offense DUI charges, and getting them approved for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD). The ARD program is a diversionary program that allows someone who is arrested on a DUI charge to avoid being convicted, and allows any remaining records pertaining to the DUI case to be expunged, such as the arrest record and the record of the charges being filed.
Expungement After ARD and the Expungement of Other Records
The district attorney and the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository maintain a list of those who have participated in a diversionary program to determine if that person is eligible for ARD, since a participant is only eligible once for a diversionary program.
When a record is expunged, it is no longer available to the public or to employers, potential employers, insurance companies and others. The arrest will not show up on criminal background checks.
Other criminal offenses that may be eligible for expungement include:
- Underage drinking (underage consumption or possession of alcohol)
- Juvenile offenses (shoplifting, vandalism, minor drug possession)
- Other minor offenses