Philadelphia Criminal Record Expungement Lawyers
ARE YOU TIRED OF A CRIMINAL RECORD HOLDING YOU BACK?
Past legal issues often seem more like a life sentence.
You’ve served your time (or didn’t get in trouble at all), and somehow, you’re still paying for it!
It can even feel like there’s an opportunity lost at every turn:
"Sorry, bro/sis. Insurers won't let us hire someone with a record."
"We can't just rent to someone that has a, um, criminal history..."
"Our family will never get ahead unless you can. It's hopeless!"
Shuttleworth Law is an award-winning firm comprising of Philadelphia criminal record expungement lawyers, and we can help you change that starting TODAY. Pennsylvania laws allow you to make your case for a court-ordered expungement. Shuttleworth Law wants to help you clear up your record and past for a brighter future.
TAKE BACK CONTROL NOW
Approach the court with a plan in place. Otherwise, who knows how things could turn out? You’re making the investment, so make sure you do it strategically.
The Shuttleworth Law legal team also has a FREE opportunity to help you get started…
Call us right now to get a NO-COST, NO-OBLIGATION CASE EVALUATION at (215) 774-1371. It’s an opportunity to learn more about your legal options… for free!
You can also send me a message directly here.
Get a Criminal Record Expungement in as Little as 60 DAYS!
Pennsylvania set aside specific laws that allow people to rise above mistakes of their past. Check out this screenshot of the “expungement statute” below:
(Source: Pennsylvania General Assembly Website, 18 Pa.C.S. § 9122, 2022)
These laws are vast and very COMPLICATED to understand without the help of a Philadelphia criminal record expungement lawyer. The good news is that you’re in the right place.
Let’s break this statute down into simple language.
PENNSYLVANIA CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT OPTIONS:
Get an arrest or prosecution record expunged if the case resulted in a discharge, dismissal, nolle pros, or withdrawal
You haven’t been arrested or prosecuted for 5 years (for summary offenses)
You’re now an adult with a juvenile record, and six months have passed (for juvenile adjudications)
You’re at least 70 and haven’t been incarcerated for ten years (for any criminal conviction)
You want an expungement for a relative deceased for three years (any conviction).
REMEMBER: Pennsylvania court dockets are PUBLIC. Don’t let anyone see this negative information about you if you have the right to get it removed under one of the above-mentioned legal options!
Have you considered that maybe you already have a clean record? PA expunges some cases automatically…
Did PA’s Clean Slate Law Automatically Seal Your Record?
Did you know that Pennsylvania laws automatically seal some criminal records? You might already have an expungement and not even realize it!
Meet Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law:
Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law automatically seals the following types of records:
- Non-convictions: 30 days after disposition of the case
- Summary convictions: 10 years after disposition of the case
- Low-level misdemeanors: No criminal convictions in the last ten years and have:
- Not convicted of a felony
- Not having more than one first-degree misdemeanor conviction
- No more than four misdemeanor convictions
- Not convicted of a sexual or violent offense
If you don’t qualify for this option, you can still formally request an expungement of your record. However, there may be ONE MORE OPTION IF YOU DON’T QUALIFY FOR EITHER…
Plan B: Sealing By Petition
How Sealing Works: If you have a conviction for a qualified misdemeanor or an ungraded offense punishable by five years or less in prison, then you may be eligible for an Act 5 limited access to a criminal history record.
You have a legal right to seal your criminal record if you haven’t been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony for at least ten years, AND you haven’t been convicted:
- Of murder, 1st-degree felony or felony punishable by more than 20 years
- Felony firearms charges, violence, sexual offenses, or failing to register as a sex offender or have more than four or more second-degree or higher misdemeanors in the last 20 years
- Within the last 15 years for more than two or more M1s or higher, including indecent exposure and failing to register as a sex offender
- Any M1s related to violence, firearms, and sexual offenses
There are some limitations associated with this option. You should speak with Philadelphia criminal record expungement lawyers as soon as possible to determine if it’s right for your situation.
GET LEGAL ANSWERS AT NO COST TO YOU
Shuttleworth Law can help you get a criminal record expungement in as few as 60 days. When you call our office, we conduct a Free Case Evaluation to start. Then, if you choose to hire us, we’ll get started immediately and prevent any unnecessary delays.
YOU DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE: Call a Philadelphia criminal record expungement lawyer at Shuttleworth Law now at (215) 774-1371 for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.
FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WRITING IT DOWN? No problem; shoot Brad a message here directly.
Get an Expungement to CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Imagine how it would feel to seldom think about your criminal record ever again, except in passing thoughts.
Some people call that a blessing, a new outlook on life, or paradigm shift.
Whatever you choose to call it, here is how getting an expungement WILL change your life:
LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT #1:
Not having to check “The Box” on applications
LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT #2:
NEVER being denied housing over your record
LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT #3:
The freedom to make money… on YOUR terms
LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT #4:
No one mentioning your record “just in case”
LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT #5:
Respect and admiration for your achievements
LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT #6:
Enjoying travel without checking entry laws
You get to live your life the way you want when you have a clean record. What would you do if you had this freedom?
Who Are Our Philadelphia Expungement Lawyers?
Hi, I’m Brad V. Shuttleworth, Esq.
I have practiced law throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey for nearly the last 20 years. My one true professional passion is winning—and winning big—for my clients.
Check out one of my television interviews after WINNING BIG for a client below:
Sure, every case is different, and some people are in MUCH TOUGHER situations than others. However, I seek the most favorable outcome for any given situation.
Simply put, your objectives are my objectives, and if I can find an even better target, I’ll definitely communicate my ideas and thoughts with you as they arise.
Just a personal factoid about myself: I’m a bit of a thrill-seeker, too. I’ve enjoyed riding motorcycles since I was a kid and look forward to every ride.
You will never have to worry about accounting for technology in your case. I’ve been able to exonerate clients based on metadata alone. If there is a digital footprint to win your case, I’m going to find and use it.
I like my clients, and I like to see them happy. Therefore, I prioritize accessibility when hiring me and managing a case. I return all communications promptly and offer case updates so that you’ll NEVER have to chase me down.
(Well, not unless I’m running another marathon…)
“You Don’t Just Have to Take My Word for It…”
It’s hard to evaluate which Philadelphia criminal record expungement attorneys is the best option for your case. That’s why, I think it’s important to pause for a moment, and let past clients and peers share how they felt about my firm’s results:
ARE READY TO FIND OUT YOUR LEGAL OPTIONS FOR FREE?
If so, we want to offer our most sincere CONGRATULATIONS! This is an important first step toward freedom.
You can get started RIGHT NOW by requesting a Free Case Evaluation with our Philadelphia criminal record expungement lawyers at Shuttleworth Law right now. Call (215) 774-1371 or send us a message via the intake form below.
Pennsylvania Criminal Record Expungement FAQs:
How Much Does It Cost to Get Your Criminal Record Expunged in PA?
The cost to expunge your criminal record in PA varies according to the facts of your case. It also depends upon the type of Philadelphia criminal record expungement lawyer you hire, too.
Remember: The more resources, knowledge, and training the lawyer has = More $$
Shuttleworth Law charges between $2,000 and $5,000 to represent criminal record expungement matters in Pennsylvania or South Jersey.
How Long Does It Take to Expunge a Record in PA?
It can take as little as 60 days to expunge a record in PA! Think about it. In 2 months, you could start living a record-free life. Who knows what possibilities life can bring then?
Do Expunged Records Show Up in Background Checks?
Expunged records could show up in background checks, and not because the process didn’t work. There are several local, state, and federal databases that must be maintained and updated. This process could take several months to complete.
However, a Philadelphia criminal record expungement lawyer at Shuttleworth Law could help you monitor this activity as well.
Shuttleworth Law Criminal Record Expungement Resources
One of our firm’s objectives is to share as much valuable information about the law with you. Think about how much you have learned about your case from this web page alone!
As part of our ongoing commitment to legal transparency, we wanted to offer you a few other resources that you may find helpful on our site:
Pennsylvania offers expungements in various circumstances, most commonly when the arrest did not result in a conviction, minor offenses, completion of an alternative sentencing program, or when your violation occurred while you were a juvenile. Expunging a criminal...
In a recent opinion in Commonwealth v. Hudson, 2010 PA Super 96, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that what began as a mere encounter escalated into an investigative detention when a police officer in Reading, Pennsylvania, took a defendant's identification back...
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Page last updated: 02/04/2022
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