CLS Release Updated Info on the Clean Slate Law

October 30, 2018

A New Law Will Expand Clearing of Criminal Records in Pennsylvania

  • A new law called "Clean Slate" will automatically seal many criminal cases, beginning around July 2019.

  • Automatically sealed cases will include all dropped cases (after around 60 days), summary convictions (after 10 years), and many non-violent misdemeanors (after 10 years without a new conviction).

  • More misdemeanor convictions will also be eligible to be sealed by filing a petition, starting on 12/26/2019. They include:

    • Some 1st degree misdemeanors;

    • Simple assault (2nd or 3rd degree).

What Cannot Be Sealed?

  • 1st degree misdemeanors involving violent crimes and sexual offenses cannot be sealed.

  • You cannot seal misdemeanors if:

    • You have had a conviction in the last 10 years.

    •  You ever had a 1st degree felony conviction.

    • You have 2 or more felonies or 1st degree misdemeanors in the last 15 years.

    • You have 4 or more convictions in the last 20 years (excluding 3rd degree misdemeanors)

  • You must pay your court fines and costs first!

  • Check with a lawyer to find out if you are eligible!

Read more on Clean Slate using CLS's short explanatory 2-pagers here and here

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