If you have questions that are not answered here, call the Defender Association of Philadelphia Juvenile Expungement Hotline at (267) 765-6770 to get help.
How do I know if I have a juvenile record?
If you went to court or were arrested, chances are you have a juvenile record. If you are not sure what your charges were, you can request a copy of your record at Family Court in the Clerk of Court Accessions Office or call the Juvenile Expungement Hotline at (267) 765-6770 and someone can look up your record.
What if I was charged as an adult when I was a juvenile?
If you were charged as an adult when you were under 18, your record is an adult record and the rules for juvenile expungement do not count for you. Contact your lawyer or public defender to see whether your conviction can be expunged.
The website said I am eligible to have my record expunged. What now?
If your case was tried in Philadelphia, call the Juvenile Expungement Hotline at (267) 765-6770. They will help you through the process.
The website said I am NOT eligible to have my record expunged. What now?
When you can get your record expunged depends on what kind of offense it was and how much time has passed. Most people are eligible to ask for an expungement five years after their case closed. But you could be eligible before then or you could ask the court to expunge your record before then if the district attorney agrees. For information on when you will become eligible, you can call the Juvenile Expungement Hotline at (267) 765-6770.
How much will it cost to expunge my record?
Expunging your record in Philadelphia costs $15. If you qualify for help from the Defender Association, getting your juvenile record expunged is free.
After I ask the court to expunge my juvenile record, what are the chances that my expungement will be approved?
It depends on how much time has passed since your case was closed and what has happened between then and now. Your expungement will be granted if you have no other charges against you and you meet one or more of the following criteria:
- The charges against you were dismissed
- You had a consent decree and it has been six months since your case was closed
- You were charged with a summary offense and it has been six months since your case was closed
- It has been more than five years since you your case was closed if you were in placement or on probation
- The District Attorney agrees to your expungement. This can happen even if it has not been 5 years since your case closed.
Once the court grants your expungement, it may take a couple of months for the paperwork to be sent to all the different agencies that need to expunge your record.
What if I was arrested in a different county in Pennsylvania (i.e., NOT Philadelphia County)?
Contact the local public defender's office in that county and ask for help with expungement. To find your local public defender’s phone number, click here.