Legal Question in Criminal Law in Pennsylvania

if a defendent is declined an ARD, is there any chance of his record being expunged at a later date if this is a first offense?

Asked on 12/30/11, 2:30 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Michael Duffy Duffy Law, LLC

Yes, but unless your expungement is part of a plea bargain, you have to wait five years. After five years without arrest or prosecution from the date of the original conviction of a summary offense, you are eligible for expungement - but note that it's still at the court's discretion and not guaranteed.

Do you currently have an attorney? If not, it could cost you must more down the road - such as having a criminal record, losing out on opportunities because of it and having to get an expungement. That's not to mention the potential court penalties depending on your offense.

If you would like to discuss your matter further over a free and confidential phone consult, please contact me at your convenience.


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Answered on 12/30/11, 4:56 pm

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