Expungement is the legal process of having criminal history information, a persons criminal record, erased. In Pennsylvania expungement is governed by the Criminal Records Information Act, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §9122. If you know that you have criminal history, or even if you are not certain of the existence of a criminal history, you should consult an experienced criminal lawyer to determine if you are entitled to have your record expunged. There are many reasons for expungement, not the least of which is fact that criminal arrest records are public information, easily obtainable by anyone on the internet, and under certain circumstances, relied upon by employers in considering a person for employment. Generally records of arrest for crimes for which a person has been acquitted, found not guilty can be expunged. However, partial expungements are also possible. A partial expungement involves a situation where a defendant is found guilty of some offenses but not guilty of others. In those cases it may be possible to have the offenses for which the defendant was found not guilty erased from the official record. Most people do not realize that even if they are found not guilty of an offense, if they are arrested even years later, judges, prosecutors and bail commissioners, consider the prior arrests in determining bail for the new case. Also, prior cases that resulted in acquittal are many times considered for sentencing purposes in subsequent cases. Obviously this cannot be done or at least is much more difficult if the prior cases have been expunged. We at the Law Offices of Perry de Marco, Sr., are experienced in processing expungements for our clients when requested to do so. If you are interested in obtaining an expungement contact the Law Offices of Perry de Marco, Sr. Please keep in mind that we do not charge for the initial consultation.