On February 16, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 166, an expansion to Pennsylvania’s dissemination of criminal information laws. Although the law has been widely described as an expansion of the current expungement law, it is, rather, an entirely new statute. The new statute took effect on November 14, 2016. Under the new statute, 18 Pa.C.S. 9122.1, an individual with a certain criminal record may petition the court for an Order for “limited access” (i.e. sealing).
With some exceptions, most misdemeanors of the second and third degree will be expungeable, but not felonies.
A presidential pardon is only available in federal cases and a Governor's pardon in state cases.
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A felony record may not be sealed in Pennsylvania. If it is a federal conviction, you would have to apply for a pardon from the President. If it is a state court conviction, you would have to Petition the Governor for a pardon.
The short answer is no, a felony record cannot be sealed. Other options may accomplish your goals. However, each case is unique. Consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area to explore options available to you.
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