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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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  • He took the time to explain the process, understand the facts of my case and provide suggestions like retaining a private investigator.

    “I came to Shaffer & Engle Law Offices searching for hope after I entered a plea in my criminal case. I had a false allegation filed against me for a sexual offense that I did not commit. I was involved with another lawyer for 2 ½ years, when it came down to day before court we felt he was not prepared to represent me. I either took the plea of "Nolo Contendere" or went to jail the day of the trial. I felt trapped. I had this allegation against me and I was innocent. I met with the Attorney Engle. He took the time to explain the process, understand the facts of my case and provide suggestions like retaining a private investigator. He offered to represent me and quickly moved to withdraw my guilty plea. That was granted by the court and we proceeded to prepare for trial. They uncovered many things that our other lawyer did not bother to investigate. They met with character witnesses after hours to make sure my defense would be solid. Long story short, the DA in my case withdrew the charges. I went from a convicted man to completely being vindicated. Shaffer and Engle Law Offices also were able to assist me in another matter relating to the criminal case, but in civil court. The same results, all charges were dismissed. I appreciate the work they did, their prompt service, care and attention they showed to me and my family. I found their services to be affordable when compared to what they did for me. I would highly recommend them for anyone charged with a crime that they did not do.”

    JH

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    “Working through legal issues can be stressful to say the least. The Firm of Shaffer & Engle was experienced, communicative, thorough and kind. Very thankful to all of them and glad to have had the pleasure to work with such a great team.”

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  • He treated me with respect and always made me feel like my case was his only priority.

    “Because I live out of state, I needed representation that I could trust to best represent me and my interests. Jeff Engle provided regular, thorough counsel throughout the legal process. He treated me with respect and always made me feel like my case was his only priority.”

    KH

  • I wanted to thank you for the Support & Defense you provided me with on my last minute court case, you didn't have to defend me and told me to take a hike, buy you have a heart and that means a lot to some people.

    “I wanted to thank you for the Support & Defense you provided me with on my last minute court case, you didn't have to defend me and told me to take a hike, buy you have a heart and that means a lot to some people.”

    Tony