West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
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Our firm provides excellent services at reasonable fees and accepts a variety of payment methods, including most major credit card providers.
Lee Ciccarelli has received a 10.0 (Superb) rating on Avvo, the highest possible rating for attorneys on the site. This rating is given based on client reviews, peer endorsements, and professional experience and credentials.
When you've finished your prison term or probation, you've served your time and should be a free man or free woman. You should no longer suffer the consequences of your crime. Unfortunately, after you've served your time, your criminal record will reflect your conviction. Even if you acquitted, records of the proceedings may still exist, and can haunt you for the rest of your life.
There is a process, however, called expungement, sometimes called expunction and often referred to as "record sealing," where, under specific circumstances, most of the records are destroyed and the remaining ones are concealed from the public.
A West Chester expungement lawyer can help you through this complicated procedure. Your attorney can advise you, based on your record, whether you are eligible to have your records expunged and help make sure all your ducks are in a row when you proceed. At Ciccarelli Law Offices, our team of attorneys is ready to help you put the past behind you through record expungement. Call us today at (610) 719-3200 to set up a consultation.
We are based in West Chester, and are able to assist clients with expungement throughout the region, including Chester County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Delaware County and Philadelphia. We have offices in Springfield, Malvern, King of Prussia, Kennett Square, Radnor, Philadelphia and Lancaster.
When a criminal record is expunged in Pennsylvania, all copies of the record are destroyed, except for one. The one copy is retained and may only be seen by law enforcement. The records will therefore no longer be available for background checks and public information requests. With the internet, it is difficult to completely erase the history of anything, however, there will be no official records that anyone may see.
Many people refer to the practice as "record sealing." Record sealing means that the records still exist, but are not available to the public. There is no record sealing in Pennsylvania.
The law for expungement is in 18 Pa. Cons. Stats. § 9122. The law allows for you to have your records relating to an offense or arrest expunged under the following conditions:
You may also seek to expunge the records of a loved one after he or she has been dead for three years.
Some offenses may never be expunged, even after you are 70. A conviction for any of the following offenses may not be expunged if the victim was a child:
You may also seek to have DNA evidence expunged and removed from the state's DNA database if your conviction was overturned or reversed under 44 Pa. Cons. Stats. § 2321.
You may seek to have records expunged from juvenile delinquency matters and summary offenses (other than minor in possession of alcohol) committed as a juvenile under certain circumstances, including:
Expungement is not a simple procedure. An attorney can help guide you through.
If your arrest record or criminal conviction is haunting you, you may be able to expunge the record and seek a new life. A West Chester expungement lawyer at Ciccarelli Law Offices can help you do that. We help people throughout the Greater Philadelphia area with expungement, including in Coatesville, Downingtown and Exton. Call us today at (610) 719-3200 to set up a free consultation.