What do you know about the criminal expungement process?

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2021 | Criminal Defense

Perhaps you made some poor decisions in your youth, or maybe you committed a college crime such as disorderly conduct, vandalism, alcohol-induced violence, drug possession or underage drinking under the influence. Either way, you want to put your criminal record behind you and move on with your life.

Pennsylvania State Police breaks down the criminal expungement process. Take action to protect your future housing and employment prospects and regain a sense of control.

Complete form SP 4-170

Fill out form SP 4-170, which gives you individual access to and the right to review your criminal record.

Submit the form and all supplementary materials

After completing the form, gather supplementary materials. When mailing the form to the Central Repository address, include a $20 money order or check made out to the “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” and a copy of your government-issued photo identification. Depending on your circumstances, you may also need to include a letter of representation or legal affidavit.

Receive your arrest record

When the Central Repository sends you your arrest record, contact the Clerk of Courts in the county where law enforcement arrested you to receive additional directions for completing your expungement request.

Wait for updates

After completing the necessary expungement steps on your end, the Clerk of Courts sends a court order signed by a Commonwealth Court judge to the Pennsylvania State Police. Once the state police receive the order, they expunge your record.

Hopefully, everything goes well with your request for expungement. You do not have to live with the shadow of a youthful mistake for longer than necessary.