RECORD EXPUNGEMENT SERVICES was created by long-time criminal defense attorney Bob Munley of Atty. Robert J. Munley and Associates. Atty. Munley’s practice has been devoted exclusively to criminal defense and has offices in Scranton (Peckville) and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Today, it seems most employers conduct criminal record checks on all applicants. Over the past two years, Atty. Munley’s office has received countless calls from individuals desiring to expunge or eliminate a prior criminal record for employment reasons. RECORD EXPUNGEMENT SERVICES was created specifically to assist individuals with the expungement or elimination of their criminal records where possible. The attorneys and staff at RECORD EXPUNGEMENT SERVICES will work closely with you to expunge your criminal record if you are eligible.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD?
- If you were ever arrested or received a citation and the record was never expunged, you have a record.
- If you were ever fingerprinted by a law enforcement officer and the record was never expunged, you have a record.
WHO NEEDS TO HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGED?
The following is a partial list of individuals who should consider having their records expunged if eligible:
- College students or recent college graduates seeking to enter the workforce.
- Individuals seeking new employment.
- Teachers and education employees, including day care/preschool employees.
- Government employees and social workers.
- Professionals including nurses, doctors and all others who must renew professional licenses.
- College applicants.
- Individuals seeking to enlist in the military.
- Construction workers required to have clearances to work on government related projects.
WHAT TYPES OF CRIMINAL RECORDS CAN BE EXPUNGED?
Not all criminal records can be expunged. The following is a list of circumstances where a criminal record may be expunged.
Charges dropped, dismissed, or withdrawn.
If a charge has no conviction or finding of guilt, the charge may be expunged. Misdemeanor and felony charges where there was no guilty plea or conviction can often be expunged.
Individual is charged with 4 crimes and pleads guilty to 1. The 3 charges he did not plead guilty to may be expunged. Many times when a person is charged with a felony but pleads guilty to a misdemeanor, the felony charge may be expunged.
Individual is charges with a crime(s) and all the charges are either dropped, dismissed or withdrawn. All charges may be expunged.
Individual takes his case to trial and if found guilty of some charges and not guilty of others, the charges he was found not guilty of may be expunged.
Completion of ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition) Program.
If a person is admitted into the ARD Program (ARD is usually for non violent misdemeanor charges), that person is eligible to have all charges expunged.
Summary Convictions over 5 years old
In Pennsylvania, a law was recently passed that allows a summary conviction that is at least 5 years old and the person has been free of arrests for 5 years to expunge the arrest and conviction record. 18 Pa.CSA 9122(b)(3)(iii) All summary convictions (including Retail Theft charges where the amount of the merchandise was under $150.00) qualify for expungement if 5 years have passed and the person has been free of arrests during that period.
Underage Drinking Convictions
A person convicted of underage drinking that has reached the age of 21 and has satisfied all of the conditions of his/her sentence can have the record expunged. 18 Pa.CSA 9122(a)(3)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HAVE A RECORD EXPUNGED?
The fees charged by RECORD EXPUNGEMENT SERVICES are reasonable and almost everyone who is eligible to have a record expunged can afford to do so. All major credit cards are accepted.