Expungement

Minnesota Expungement Lawyers & Attorneys

Expungement involves striking records or information in court files, computers and other depositories relating to criminal charges. Expungement in Minnesota is generally limited to the sealing of the courts records relating to a criminal conviction and prohibiting the disclosure of their existence except under court order or some other statutory authority. The Minnesota expungement statutes outline the process, which takes about three or four months to conclude. The law is rather complicated in this area, given some recent decisions from the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals. At present, any record that originates from the Courts may be expunged, even if they rest in an agency of the executive branch of the government (such as the BCA). Records created by law enforcement agencies, such as a police department (again, an executive branch agency) are difficult to expunge, given the separation of powers doctrine.

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Basis for Expungement

The court will grant the petition to seal the record unless the agency or jurisdiction whose records would be affected establishes by clear and convincing evidence that the interests of the public safety outweigh the disadvantages to the petitioner of not sealing the record. The court basically will look at three criteria:

(1) the seriousness of the offense (more serious means less chance of expungement);

(2) time that has elapsed since the offense (the more time, the more likely the court will expunge); and

(3) the rehabilitative measures taken by the petitioning defendant (such as community service, counseling, stable employment, etc.).

As a general rule, defendants should wait at least two years to attempt to expunge a misdemeanor, with a much longer timeframe for more serious crimes. Some criminal convictions, such as DWI and criminal sexual conduct, can never be expunged.

Petition for Expungement

Eligible adults or juveniles prosecuted as adults in Minnesota must file a sworn petition for expungement. The petitioner must serve the petition for expungement and a proposed expungement order on the criminal prosecutors office that had jurisdiction over the offense for which expungement is sought and all other state and local government agencies and jurisdictions whose records would be affected by the proposed order. The petition will outline the basic facts of the case, the reason expungement is sought and describe the rehabilitative measures that have been undertaken by the petitioner.

Expungement Hearing

A hearing is to be held no sooner than 60 days after service of the petition. A victim of the criminal offense for which expungement is sought has a right to submit an oral or written statement to the court at the time of the hearing, describing the harm suffered by the victim as a result of the criminal activity and the victim's recommendation on whether expungement should be granted or denied. Sometimes the prosecutor or attorney general will offer legal argument, but in other cases they do not even attend the hearing and defer to the court.

Minneapolis Expungement Attorneys & Lawyers

Is your criminal record interfering with your ability to secure employment or a professional license? We can help. Call our Minnesota expungement attorneys at 763.323.6555 to discuss your situation free of charge.

Client Testimonial: "It was difficult to make a decision on whom to have represent me during my criminal record expungement application process. Many states have laws making navigating through an expungement process a non-difficult event. Minnesota is not one of these states. I searched long and hard for an experienced attorney to handle the complex Minnesota expungement process, I really wanted to make the right decision.  I was extremely careful on who I selected to represent me and am happy with my decision to have Jason C. Brown be my legal representative during my expungement process. Jason was encouraging and reassuring from start to finish. His informative and helpful personality is to be commended. I appreciated his ability to communicate and guide me through this difficult and confusing process. He stood up for me and represented me in an impressive manner to the Judge the day of the hearing. His knowledge of the law was apparent that day. I'll never forget the e-mail from Jason announcing that my application for expungement was granted. Thanks to Jason I can go on with my life without a cloud following me around." - Greg E., St. Cloud, Minnesota

Serving Clients Statewide

Our Minnesota expungement lawyers represent clients throughout Minnesota, including the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Apple Valley, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Roseville and Woodbury.

Contact the Brown Law Offices, P.A. by e-mail or call 763.323.6555 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Minneapolis, Minnesota, expungement lawyer.

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