Miller, Fontana to host free Expungement Clinic April 30
HARRISBURG, April 27 – In partnership with the Allegheny County Office of Public Defender, state Rep. Dan Miller and state Sen. Wayne Fontana will host a free Expungement Clinic.
The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Dormont Recreation Center. Public defenders will be available to answer questions and talk people through the entire process. Pre-registration for the event is not necessary.
"Even a minor criminal offense can create barriers for people long after they have completed their court-ordered obligations," Miller said. "This clinic is designed to help them navigate the expungement process and then, hopefully, find greater employment opportunities and economic success."
With Miller and Fontana's support, the legislature and governor enacted a Clean Slate law in 2018, which streamlined the expungement process and expanded it cover more nonviolent offenses. This bipartisan law has led to an increase in expungements statewide.
"The vast majority of people with records or who are on probation have relatively low-level charges. These records can have detrimental effects on their earning potential or housing. Stable housing and a family-sustaining job are keys to avoiding further criminal court involvement. I hope that a lot of people will take advantage of our free Expungement Clinic this Saturday," Miller said.
More information on this event is available here and information on expungement in general is available at the Allegheny County Office of Public Defender's website. Those interested also may call Miller's office at 412-343-3780 or email RepMiller@pahouse.net.