Can your criminal record be cleared?
a summary offense over 5 years old
The most issued summary citations that affect young people are retail theft, underage drinking, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness
a juvenile record
This petition is filed to remove juvenile court prosecutions for misdemeanors or felonies after the offender turns 18 (with the consent of the District Attorney), or after five years, with no intervening criminal conduct.
Some crimes, like Driving Under the Influence (1st offense) are put into a program called ARD. ARD allows someone to do probation without conviction. Since there is not a conviction, after successful completion of the program, the criminal history showing that the crime was charged can be erased.
a Section 117
Section 17, or 117, is a special program, much like ARD. It allows one to complete probation without a conviction. It is typically presented for possession of marijuana or paraphernalia. If you received a Section 17 disposition, your record can be cleared.
a charge that has been withdrawn, dismissed or nol-prossed
Charges that were brought that did not result in a conviction may still be on your criminal history. These may be eligible for expungement.