What is a Pardon or an Expungement?
You made a mistake, but you don’t want that mistake to define you. Even if you have tried to put your criminal conviction behind you, the record of it still exists. However, there are two legal ways to nullify a criminal conviction: pardons and expungements. Pardons are issued by the governor’s office as a method to nullify the penalties associated with convictions. Expungements, on the other hand, are granted by the local government and erase the record of a crime entirely. Applying for both pardons and expungements is a complicated legal process. Work with the attorneys of Mooney & Associates when seeking these legal remedies. We have experience handling cases that include:
- Pardons for misdemeanor charges
- Expungements for misdemeanor charges
- Pardons for felony charges
- Expungements for felony charges
- Parole & Probation Violations
You may be unsure whether seeking a pardon or an expungement is worth your time. Consider how the stain of a criminal record can haunt you: when you apply for a job, you must state that you committed a crime; when someone performs a background check on you, the criminal record appears.Criminal records are public records. Almost all employers require a criminal background check and anyone with the correct form and $10.00 can request another person’s criminal record. Until recently, with very limited exceptions, felony and misdemeanor convictions remained on a person’s record for life. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania have passed an amendment to the existing law that now allows a person who has been free of arrest or prosecution for 10 years to seal the records of certain misdemeanor convictions. Mooney & Associates can educate you on the path to seeking either a pardon or an expungement. To find out if you qualify to have your record sealed call Mooney and Associate to correct the past and begin your future today!