Expungement & Pardons
Did you know that more than 80 percent of employers and landlords conduct background checks? Therefore, it is vital that you do everything possible to expunge (clear) your criminal record. Expunging your criminal record may help you find better employment, improved housing, qualify for financial loans or provide you with the ability receive a professional certificate.
Luckily, Dutko Law can help you. We will work hard to give you the fresh start you deserve. First, we determine whether you are eligible for an expungement, a limited access expungement, or a pardon. We will review your entire docket and determine the best approach for you. Eligibility is based on Pennsylvania statutes, the disposition of the charge(s), and your Constitutional right to protect your reputation. Second, we will file the appropriate petition with the court. Third, we will represent you at a hearing if you have one. Last, we will follow up to make sure your record has been expunged or “shielded.”
In most instances, we can get convictions for summary offenses removed from your record. More serious charges, such as DUI charges can be expunged, if you successfully completed ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition). A newly enacted law provides certain misdemeanors to be “shielded” from public view. This limited access expungement prevents prospective employers from seeing your criminal record when conducting a background check. In certain instances, even an arrest under the Drug Act can be expunged. People with felony arrests have hope. A felony arrest can be expunged depending upon the disposition of the felony.
If we determine that a pardon is your only option, we will work with you to increase your chances of success. We know what the Board of Pardons is looking for, thereby increasing your chance of submitting an application that is approved.
An expungement, limited access expungement or a pardon is an investment in YOU. Having a clean criminal record can allow you to apply for jobs with confidence, allow you to seek that professional certificate you have always wanted, or become eligible for student loans and begin to work toward that career you thought was otherwise out of reach.
Dutko Law, LLC offers representation for pardons and expungements in Reading, Allentown, and Easton, Pennsylvania. Please reach out to us with any questions you have about record expungement in Kutztown, and we’ll answer them to the best of our ability.