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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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    “Mr. Engle took our case and worked diligently from the time we hired his firm until our case was resolved. In addition he kept us well informed throughout the process with emails, letters, and phone conversations. I have worked with a number of law firms in the past 10 plus years and Attorney Engle is one of the best. He does not make you feel as if you are a burden to him when you ask questions. He has a great personality and makes you feel welcome and comfortable. He makes no promises due to the fact he is not a fortune teller but he will do everything possible to have a positive outcome for your case. I recommend Attorney Engle and his Law Firm and hold nothing but positive praise for him and his team.”

    Paul W.

  • You believed in me and gave me the courage to tell the jury my side of the story

    “Dear Miss Elisabeth, I can't thank you enough for giving me my life back! Everyone told me I should just plead guilty but I knew I didn't do what they said I did. You believed in me and gave me the courage to tell the jury my side of the story and explain why I signed a confession when I never committed that crime. I was very scared during the trial but I felt good knowing you believed in me. I am a free man today because of you. God bless you.”

    S.G.

  • 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

  • Elisabeth took our case and provided great counsel, direction, and splendid representation throughout the legal process.

    “I needed a criminal defense lawyer for a family member. So, having been represented by Shaffer & Engle previously, I contacted them. Elisabeth took our case and provided great counsel, direction, and splendid representation throughout the legal process. The case was dismissed which was the best verdict that could be achieved. We are so thankful and blessed to have had such a wonderful attorney!”

    Ernie M.

  • Mr. Engle was able to explain the laws in PA and got the job done in days.

    “I am an attorney in the state of Washington. I have a family law client who was in desperate need of legal assistance in PA. The case against him was affecting his ability to work. Mr. Engle contacted me as soon as my email was received and helped my client. Mr. Engle was able to explain the laws in PA and got the job done in days. I have never encountered another attorney as eager to help and get the job done. I would highly recommend Mr. Engle to anyone.”

    Pamela