In February of 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed in to law Pennsylvania Senate Bill 166, broadening Pennsylvania Expungement Law. The new expungement law creates Section 9122.1, which is a whole new class of expungements. Most misdemeanors of the second and third degree can now be expunged.
This new law allows for the expungement of convictions for misdemeanors of the 2nd or 3rd degree after ten years have passed and the person in conviction free. All Court costs must have been paid in full. The crime cannot be punishable by more than two years of incarceration.
Please note that may exceptions to this rule exist and if any of these exceptions apply, you may not be eligible for the new class of expungement. The main difference between the new class of expungement and the legacy expungement is the way the records are reported and maintained. Under the new Pennsylvania expungement law, law enforcement is required to maintain a record of the conviction, but is no longer allowed to disseminate the records to anyone outside of law enforcement.
If you feel like you may qualify for this new class of expungements call Jenee Oliver, our criminal defense guru, at 412- 412.434.4911 ext. 35 for a free consultation.