Criminal Record Expungement Clinic

Partnership with Villanova Law School

As part of our mission, the Public Defender assists clients who remain indigent and qualify for expungement to clear their records.  Since 2013, the Public Defender has partnered with Villanova Law School to provide an Expungement Clinic for existing clients who continue to qualify as indigent. We train law students each spungentemester on interviewing techniques, eligibility criteria, forms and filing procedures, and contested hearings in expungement matters with close supervision and oversight within the Public Defender Office.  In exchange, the students provide an invaluable service to our clients and citizens of Montgomery County. We served nearly 400 clients in the first two years of the program, thus removing barriers to employment, housing, licensing and other critical needs that will lead to productive citizenship and reduced recidivism.

If you or someone you know had a juvenile delinquency or adult criminal case that is now closed, we may be able to help. 

This clinic is available to clients who were represented by the Montgomery County Public Defender Office on the case(s) they wish to have expunged. Clients must continue to meet financial qualifications for Public Defender services.

The Clinic is open every TUESDAY from 3 – 5 p.m., in the Public Defender Office on the second floor of the Montgomery County Courthouse. No appointment is necessary.

In the clinic, clients meet one-on-one with trained volunteers who are supervised by staff and attorneys in the Public Defender Office. In the meeting, we provide a summary of each client’s Pennsylvania criminal case history and discuss options for clearing the record. In many cases, we can file and submit all necessary paperwork for expungement of a record. In cases where criminal record expungement is not allowed by law, we discuss options and provide resources for additional assistance.