Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is one of the more harsh states when it comes to getting a matter expunged. Unless your conviction was for a summary offense, you literally have to be 70 (and out of trouble for 10 years) or you have to be dead for three years. I know that sounds pretty incredible, but you can see this for yourself here
. Pennsylvania wants its convictions to stick.
If you were convicted of a summary offense, you do not need a lawyer to apply for your expungement
. It's one of the few areas of do-it-yourself law were applicants can be successful all by themselves if they are not intimidated. You would have to petition the court
, and you can find instructions on the above link.
If your conviction was not a summary offence, the only other thing you can do to minimize the effects of your conviction would be to apply to the governor of Pennsylvania for a pardon. This doesn't erase a conviction or seal a record. But it will be shown as pardoned, if yours is granted, which is still official state recognition that you have turned your life around. YOu don't need a lawyer to get this done either, although it is only fair to tell you that a gubernatorial pardon is always a long shot.
is a sample of the application for a pardon in Pennsylvania. But the Board of Pardons asks its applicants to contact them directly for forms. You can find their contact number here