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Expungement Attorneys in Harrisburg

Helping You Recover Your Life Following a Conviction

Being arrested or convicted of any crime can negatively affect your life for far longer than the initial consequences. Even if your punishments were not severe, you may find that the aftermath of a conviction makes your life significantly harder. You may not be able to gain employment or you may have difficulty finding a place to live. As a result, many of our clients at Shaffer & Engle ask us whether or not they are eligible for expungement or record clearing. Expungements are very rare for Pennsylvania residents, which is why our Harrisburg criminal defense attorneys work with clients to seek alternative solutions.

To learn more about how to regain your life after an arrest or conviction, call us at (717) 268-4287. Call now and schedule a free consultation.

Understanding Expungements in Pennsylvania

In the state of Pennsylvania, expungement conditions are different than many other states’ and are only granted under special circumstances. For example, expungements occur when someone is 70 years old and has been arrest-free for 10 years or if someone has been dead for 3 years. These scenarios are not very helpful for most people who are looking for ways to regain their lives and move on from their past.

Fortunately, our firm can help you explore other legal avenues, which may include:

  • State pardons
  • Limited access
  • Federal pardons

Explore an Alternative to Expungement for Pennsylvania Residents

In the state of Pennsylvania, you can apply for a governor's pardon to "void" your past criminal record. However, the application to be filed with the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons is quite complicated. If a hearing is granted, your case is reviewed and the board decides whether or not they recommend that you will receive a pardon. Once the governor receives and signs your application, your criminal record would essentially be voided.

If a pardon is obtained, you may benefit from the following:

  • Eligibility restored for occupational and professional licenses
  • Restoration of your right to possess and bear firearms
  • Eligibility restored to have a concealed carry permit
  • Enhanced employment opportunities

A pardon application must be extremely accurate and well-written to give you the best chance of being granted a hearing. It is therefore essential to work with a skilled Harrisburg pardon lawyer who has experience petitioning the board and is aware of the deadlines and requirements involved.

Contact Shaffer & Engle today at (717) 268-4287 to schedule a free consultation with our Harrisburg criminal defense attorneys and to learn more. We serve clients across Dauphin County.

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  • We recommend Shaffer & Engle to everyone and anyone, even if you are unsure if you have a case.

    “Our experience with Shaffer & Engle was beyond our expectations. Elisabeth is absolutely an amazing attorney! We were expecting to get about a 50% reduction in our case, but she surpassed that and got BOTH of the traffic tickets completely thrown out! Saving us from a driver's license suspension of up to 18 months long! She's spectacular! We recommend Shaffer & Engle to everyone and anyone, even if you are unsure if you have a case. Just ask them, they will explain all of your options and in plain English so that it makes sense to you! Elisabeth is unlike any attorney we have ever met. Very open, honest and down-to- earth......she speaks her mind freely and loudly! It gave us a more comfortable feeling having her represent us and our case! Again, Thank you so much Elisabeth, we greatly appreciate all you did for us! We will call Shaffer & Engle first for all of our future legal matters!”

    Katie & Derrick

  • Very professional, knowledgeable and straight to the point. No hesitation what so ever on how or why they tackle your case.

    “Jeff and the practice Shaffer & Engle Law are outstanding at what they do in the court room. Very professional, knowledgeable and straight to the point. No hesitation what so ever on how or why they tackle your case. They answer their emails, phone and texts promptly as they should with any retainer lawyer. I highly recommend them for any judicial system issue.”


  • His knowledge and planning has delivered desired results.

    “Jeff's advice is accurate. His knowledge and planning has delivered desired results. His responses and communications are above expectations. Everyone at Shaffer and Engle law are very helpful. I am glad to have met Jeff and his team. Thanks for your Help.”



    “Elisabeth helped me through the most traumatic turning point in my life where I felt so alone and had no support except the fact that I needed to get through my disposition to ensure I would be able to continue to excel in my college studies and provide a better life for my young daughter who I am raising alone. Elisabeth provided me with encouraging words and any possible leads she had come across. I was amazed at how caring she was regarding matters outside of the actual case! After court, Thanks to Elisabeth, I was able to come home and continue to be a rock for my family. Since, I have recently ran out of funding 29 credits shy of my degree but still proud to finish the last semester with a 4.0 gpa making the Deans List five times still maintain work having also begun raising my orphaned seventeen year old god daughter who I came to know as one of the trouble kids at my local Boys & Girls Club where I was hired after completing the community service requirements in my case. I do not receive any financial help from government programs for my budding family but I begged for Elisabeth to take money for her exceptional service and she refused. I am forever grateful for her kindness and love each time that I look at my girls. She treated me like family and she didn't have to, she believed in me and encouraged me and stayed true to her word and I genuinely love and appreciate her for that beyond words. I trusted her with a long shot and she hit it out of the parking lot! Like my title says BEYOND AMAZING...”

    Jaimeen A.

  • Jeff advised me appropriately and always responded to my calls promptly.

    “At the law offices of Shaffer & Engle, my case was handled with professionalism, compassion, and dedication. Facing criminal charges was a very frightening experience to me, but I knew I was in good hands with Jeff Engle. I had no past experiences with the judicial system. I felt I was treated with courtesy and dignity. Jeff did everything within his legal powers to provide a great service when I was in need. From my experience with Jeff, he has been more than a lawyer; he is now considered a great new friend of my family. He took a personal interest in my case and for that I am eternally grateful. Jeff always delivered on what he said to me and did everything he set out to do. Jeff fought the prosecutor (DA) every step of the way without hesitation. Jeff advised me appropriately and always responded to my calls promptly. What could have been a truly awful situation was resolved completely to my satisfaction. I am available at any time to address any questions with respect to Jeff Engle as an attorney or as a person. I hold him in the highest regard. If anyone ever wanted to see the definition of what a true attorney is...they should be able to open up a dictionary and see a picture of Jeff next to it. I would and will recommend him and his law firm to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and aggressive law firm or criminal defense attorney.”

    Tara K