Expungements: Learn Your Options for Clearing Your Record
No one can afford to allow a criminal conviction to derail a job opportunity. A criminal record can halt your growth within your chosen career field. It can also leave you completely unemployable, depending on the conviction and the circumstances.
Background checks are increasingly common among employers. If the work calls for certain degrees of sensitivity or trustworthiness, an employer is highly likely to use background checks as a filter. Employers who are certain or highly likely to use background checks include:
- The federal government
- Pennsylvania government
- Government contractors
- Financial institutions
A criminal conviction or even an arrest that did not result in a conviction will appear on a background check and remove you from the pool of potential applicants. The best way to save yourself from that career killer is to have your criminal conviction expunged. An expungement is not an easy thing to secure, but a skilled and experienced attorney can help you clear your record.
In Pennsylvania, legislative changes will increase the number of crimes that may be expunged. Contact Philadelphia Attorney John Della Rocca to determine if your record is eligible for expungement.
A Legal Advocate Helping You Clear Your Record
At The Law Offices of John Della Rocca, Attorney Della Rocca has the experience to help people remove the stigma of criminal convictions from their records. John has been helping people clear the way for continued career growth since 1998. He has focused a significant portion of his practice on expungements and other ways to help people remove any hindrances to their ability to build a better life.
The Expungement Process
An expungement can be obtained in a relatively short time. Your hearing is likely to occur within a month of filing and the entire process may be completed within three months. The petition is first reviewed by the district attorney (DA). If the DA does not object, it will move to a judge for review. If the DA does object, John will advocate for you in an adversary hearing, where he will work to overcome the DA's objections. Once the expungement has been granted, the court's order is sent to the various agencies that have a copy of the records. The records are destroyed, leaving one copy that only law enforcement can access. No one outside of law enforcement will ever have access to that record.