Brandon R. Reish, Esq.

31 N. 7th Street

Stroudsburg, PA   18360

(570) 421-2300

Monroe County Expungements

For years, Attorney Reish has prepared and filed expungement petitions for criminal and juvenile matters in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

ARD Expungement

Defendants who complete the ARD Program in Monroe County must file an expungement petition with the Court of Common Pleas before the criminal arrest information and court records are expunged.  After a Petition is filed, it ordinarily takes from one month to one and a half months to receive an Order of Expungement.  However, it takes additional time for the court records to be removed from the Courthouse and from the database at the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, and it takes additional time for the Pennsylvania State Police to remove arrest records from its database.  For DUI cases, PennDOT will maintain a record for an "ARD - DUI Violation" for ten years on a person's driver's history record.  Attorney Reish will handle ARD Expungement cases through the Court of Common Pleas for a flat fee of $250.00 plus any applicable filing fees.  However, other types of expungement cases have a different fee as discussed below.

Expungements and Record Sealing

Expungement of criminal cases that did not go through the ARD Program are handled in a different way than ARD Expungements.  Sometimes cases are dismissed.  In other cases, a plea of guilty to a summary offense may have been entered.  Even where a guilty plea was entered, if there is a time of arrest free behavior, expungement may be requested.

For certain guilty pleas in misdemeanor offenses, the convictions can be sealed under the limited access law so that employers and certain other individuals will not be able to view the records, even though they are not technically expunged.  This is a benefit to people who may have entered a plea to misdemeanor offense, but then otherwise lead a law abiding life. 

For those people who are not eligible for expungement or restrictive access, there is still a pardon process that can be applied for and if granted, an expungement can follow.

 Monroe County Courthouse, photo by Brandon R. Reish

Monroe County Courthouse, photo by Brandon R. Reish