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Clean Slate Bill and What It Means for Criminal Charges in Chester County

Lauren DentoneBy Lauren Dentone —

Chester County is now implementing the “Clean Slate” Bill, which was signed by Pennsylvania Governor Wolf on June 28, 2018. The purpose behind Clean Slate is to remove the barriers to housing and employment for those who are marginalized by a record of a past minor criminal conviction.

Pennsylvania will automatically seal arrests that did not result in convictions, summary convictions from more than 10 years ago, and some second and third-degree misdemeanor convictions, as long as you have not had any other misdemeanor or felony convictions for a period of 10 years after the time of conviction. The State has until June 2020 to seal the estimated 30 million cases, and it will start with the most recent cases first, sealing the oldest cases last. To be eligible under Clean Slate, fines and costs must be paid in full.

Lauren Dentone is a partner at Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, where her practice includes Criminal Defense and Litigation. Lauren can be reached at or 610-696-8225.

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