My question involves expungements or pardons for the state of: Pennsylvania. In 2006 I was arrested in Maryland for a warrant out of York, PA for prescription forgery and the second count was " obtaining a controlled substance under misrepresentation". I wrote the rx out as prescribed to my girlfriend, thats where the misrep comes from. I had no idea I was wanted because the pharmacist gave me the meds but called the Doctor to verify later. Sorry for all the details.
I obtained a lawyer out of Gettysburg since I was living in Maryland and wanted someone who knew PA law. I was given a notice to appear at the York Magistrate office for a bail review and was released on my own recog. The next hearing was at the York County Courthouse ( sorry, I know its not referred to as a district court like in Maryland but regardless, the Judge told me to see a certain drug addiction counselor for an evaluation before my final hearing for sentencing. Of course being addicted to every pain pill made at the time, I never went to PA for the evaluation. At court, the judge was actually very nice to me, he did not sentence me, but did have me taken into custody until the evaluation. He did this for my own pertection due to a suicide attempt two weeks prior to court. I had never been arrested and was so scared of the thought of jail along with my depression and addiction that death seemed like a better idea.
So, after 91 days in York County Prison, the addiction counselor came to evaluate me and suggested I be released immediatley and complete a 30 day inpatient drug treatment program, paid by myself or the state of Maryland. So, within 48 hours, I was back in court, recieved 3 years probation, 500 dollars in fines, mandatory rehab, and considered myself very lucky. I was facing anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 years upstate PA. I have completed my probation almost a year ago as well as paid all fines and obviously completed the rehab program. I have not been in any trouble since and never was before this stupid decision of mine. Can you expunge a felony in PA? Do you have to request a pardon from the governor, or the judge, or is this only for misdemeanors? Sorry for my life story its just I cant seem to get an answer from a PA lawyer without him trying to get me to come to PA and pay atleast $250.00 just to discuss it. I have a masters degree in marketing from University of MD and cant get a job at a grocery store with this on my record. If anyone can help with advice, please do. Thank you very much.