Those with a criminal record should take note. Pennsylvania has adopted new rules of criminal procedure to standardize the process across the Commonwealth. These new expungement rules, for both summary offenses and court cases including misdemeanors and felonies, will take effect December 21, 2010. Anyone hiring a lawyer to file the expungement petition for them should ensure that the lawyer is familiar with the new rules, as many that we’ve spoken with this past week were not aware of the changes. Using an attorney who is not familiar with the changes will definitely result in a delay in obtaining the expungement. While the process is still very similar to the process that has always been used in Montgomery County and Bucks County, there are some new requirements such as ordering, obtaining, and attaching a Pennsylvania State Police criminal record check. Failure to do so will create an unecessary delay. Attorneys and prospective clients alike should feel free to contact us with questions about the expungement process.