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Summary Offenses in Pennsylvania

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Summary Offenses in Pennsylvania

Date Posted: 
04/22/2014

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WHAT IS A SUMMARY OFFENSE?

  • A summary offense is the most minor type of criminal offense in Pennsylvania, and is often called a “non-traffic citation.”
  • Summary offenses can include disorderly conduct, loitering, harassment, and low-level retail theft, among others.
  • A conviction for a summary offense usually results in a fine. You may have never gone to court after getting a summary citation.

CAN A SUMMARY OFFENSE BE EXPUNGED?

  • If you were not convicted of the offense, it can be expunged immediately.
  • If you were under 18 at the time of the offense and are now over 18, you can get it expunged six months after paying your fine.
  • If you were over 18 at the time of the offense, you must have a five-year period where you were never arrested before you can get an expungement.

CAN AN EMPLOYER CONSIDER A SUMMARY OFFENSE?

  • A conviction for a summary offense is still considered a criminal conviction, so you should report it if an employer asks whether you have any convictions.
  • A summary offense may also appear on your criminal record when an employer runs a background check.
  • Employers should NEVER consider summary offenses under Pennsylvania law. If you are rejected from a job because of a summary offense, seek legal help!

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