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What is the reason a lawyer can't see my criminal record to get a charge expunged ?

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Hello I was charged in 2002 for a arson charge and received 1-3 years jail time I did the maximum sentence and then I was arrested for criminal trespass and received time served and 2 years probation but was released early from probation for good behavior what can I say on an application for employment?

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A lawyer will be able to see your record. The problem is these sound like conviction and they are of a level that they cannot be expunged.



A lawyer is an officer of the court and can see your records. You can go to a LIVE SCAN kiosk and order you records at any time for around $40.00 and hand them to your lawyer when they are mailed to you. That would be the fastest way to get your records. Go on-line and find the nearest LIVE SCAN location and apply for your record, in ten days you'll have it. Hope this Helps. I am not a PA attorney or I would gladly assist you. Good Luck.


You have two felony convictions, you can only say you have been convicted of a felony.

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If you were adjudicated as a juvenile and your records were automatically sealed is a possible way a lawyer would not see your records, but even then as your lawyer would have access.


You cannot get misdemeanor or felony convictions expunged in the state of Pennsylvania.

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