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Expungement/Limited Access
Self Help - Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

This informational section is for reference and research purposes only.

To determine if your criminal records fall within the categories of records eligible to be expunged or for limited access and/or if the self help expungement forms are appropriate for you, consult an attorney.

For Expungement of Adult Cases:

  • In Lehigh County, all cases eligible for expungement, including ARD sentenced prior to July 9, 2012, must be expunged by petition of the defendant.
  • In Lehigh County, all ARD cases sentenced after July 9, 2012 will be automatically expunged if the ARD program is completed, all supervision is ended and all cost and fines are paid. See Lehigh County Rule of Criminal Procedure 320.
  • ARD cases sentenced after July 9, 2012, in which the defendant completes the ARD program or is closed for supervision, but does not otherwise complete the conditions at that time, may petition in the future if all conditions have been met.

For Expungement of Juvenile Cases:

  • Expungement of Juvenile arrests and adjudications is requested by a Motion to Expunge. Please consult an attorney if you are unsure which of the Expungement procedures applies.
  • Expungement of Underage Drinking (if it is the only offense and defendant was placed on ARD) must be expunged by the defendant using the Court Case and Summary Offenses Expungement instructions.

For Limited Access of Criminal Record

  • Limited access to criminal records for eligible individuals convicted of second-degree or third-degree misdemeanors, including ungraded offenses, who have completed all punishment from previous conviction and have no arrests or prosecutions for a least 10 years. See Limited Access Flow Chart

Disclaimer
The forms and instructions that are available from this website are not a substitute for professional legal advice. Court employees cannot give you legal advice or help you fill out /complete the forms. It is your responsibility to read and complete the forms and to take required steps to file and serve the documents. If you decide to use these forms in an actual action, be prepared to spend appropriate time gathering information, completing forms and following the Rules of Court. The Court assumes no responsibility for the use of these forms and accepts no liability for actions taken by using these documents, including reliance on the instructions and/or contents. To obtain legal advice and to insure the proper use of this material, you should contact a lawyer.

If you want to obtain the service of an attorney, but do not know whom to contact, you should visit the Lehigh Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service website.

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