On February 16, 2016, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 166 into law. The law provides a way for individuals CONVICTED of certain ungraded misdemeanors (like driving under the influence and drug possession), and third and second degree misdemeanors, to have their records sealed. This is a major and significant expansion of a person's rights to be free from stigma of a criminal conviction.
DUI offenses seem the simplest of all cases, and clients often remark, upon an initial meeting, that they have looked up DUI law in Pennsylvania and it "seems pretty cut and dried". With due respect, these clients are wrong. While it is true that, in general, DUI in Pennsylvania involves calculating the number of prior offenses within ten years and looking at the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), this is only the beginning.