Clean Slate is an Administrative restriction on public access to criminal records. It prevents potential employers and the public at large from seeing the record of any arrests which did not result in a conviction and also hides some Summary and low-level Misdemeanors.
- The Clerk of Courts should automatically Clean Slate arrests which did not result in convictions. Sect. 9122.2
- The Clerk of Courts should automatically Clean Slate Pennsylvania successfully completed ARD, PWV and Diversion Programs because program success means that the arrest did not result in a conviction. Sect. 9122.2
- If you are free of convictions for 10 years you may file a Petition with the Clerk of Courts asking for the Clean Slate of any Summary conviction. Like an Expungement, the District Attorney will have an opportunity to review your Petition and it will scheduled for a hearing. Rule 791
- If you are free of convictions for 10 years you may file a Petition with the Clerk of Courts asking for the Clean Slate of any Third Degree Misdemeanor and any Ungraded Misdemeanor (drug possession cases and some DUIs). Like an Expungement, the District Attorney will have an opportunity to review your petition and it will scheduled for a hearing.
Even after a record is hidden from public access by Clean Slate, the full record is still available to law enforcement.
If you have a case or an arrest which should have been automatically Clean Slated you may inquire of the Clerk of Courts or file a Clean Slate Petition.
Clean Slate may be found in the Pennsylvania Criminal Code, as follows:
Section 9122.1, Petition for Limited access
Section 9122.2,Clean Slate Petition Process
The Clean SlateProcess is governed by Pa. Criminal Procedure Rule 791
Here is the Rule 791Petition as a fillable blank form for the Clean Slate/Limited AccessPetition
Here is the Rule 791Order granting Clean Slate/Limited Access as a fillable blank form
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