New Expungement Legislation

by | Jul 11, 2016

New Expungement Legislation

by | Jul 11, 2016 | Criminal Law

Oftentimes, when a citizen is convicted of a crime, they feel as though it will tarnish their record forever. However, this does not always have to be the case. New Pennsylvania legislation has been introduced to expand on expungements.

On October 27, Harrisburg representative Jordan Harris introduced legislation that makes it possible for someone convicted of a third or second degree misdemeanor to request limited access to their criminal record. Essentially, during background checks for employment, these records would not show up.

There are a few conditions to the expungement. At least ten years must have passed since they completed their sentence, and they must appear before a judge to argue their case. If the judge grants the expungement, the only people who would be able to see the individual’s criminal history are government agencies.

When asked to comment, Rep. Harris said, “This bill has the ability to positively impact those who have served their time and are again trying to become responsible, contributing members of society…”

This bill has only just been introduced as legislation, it has not yet been passed and put into effect. Keep up to date with Fleming Law Offices blogs to find out the latest on expungement legislation.

To learn more about expungements and how to get your records expunged, contact Tim Fleming at


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