Under Pennsylvania law, people who have been convicted of certain offenses may petition the court to have their criminal record expunged. Expungement is a lengthy process that begins with the petitioner filing a petition for expungement. Once this petition is filed, the attorney for the Commonwealth has the opportunity to file either a consent or objection to the petition. After the attorney for the Commonwealth has had an opportunity to consent or object to the petition, the judge has 14 days to either grant or deny the petition or to schedule a hearing on the petition. Promptly after the hearing, the judge shall make a formal decision either granting or denying the petition.