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Expungements are a way to clear your criminal record.

Under Pennsylvania law, any charges that did not result in conviction are eligible to be expunged.  This includes all dismissed, withdrawn, nolle prossed, and not guilty charges and if you completed a special program such as ARD, the Small Amount of Marijuana Program, or Section 17.  Additionally, summary-level convictions are eligible for expungement if you have been free of arrest or prosecution for five years following the summary conviction.  In order to obtain an expungement, you must petition for expungement, attend a hearing in front of a judge, and send the appropriate documents to various state agencies.  If you live in Philadelphia, CLS attorneys can help you expunge your record.

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Community Legal Services
Center City Office

1424 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Monday -  Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Community Legal Services
North Philadelphia Law Center

1410 West Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 am -12:00 pm