SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS IN MINNESOTA
Having a criminal conviction on your record could have a lasting impact on your life. You may be denied housing or employment due to your criminal conviction that may be 2, 5 or 20 years old! There is hope! Minnesota statutes and courts provide procedures for people to get criminal convictions expunged from public records.
Can criminal records be expunged?
In Minnesota, expungements generally include the following:
(1) Expungement of records held by law enforcement relating to your arrest (2) expungement of records held by the court and (3) expungement of court records relating specifically to a conviction.
Can court records relating to my criminal case be expunged?
If a criminal case was resolved “in your favor” you may be able to get public court records permanently sealed.
Best outcome is to expunge all arrest records and seek destruction of evidence typically kept on file for a criminal case.
Can I get my criminal conviction expunged?
Minnesota laws grants certain protections relating to expungement of criminal convictions.
If you were convicted of a petty misdemeanor or misdemeanor you may be eligible for expungement after 2 years depending on the circumstances of your criminal case.
Many gross misdemeanor convictions are eligible for expungement after 4 years.
Some felonies are eligible for expungement after 5 years.
If sealing records outweigh the interests in keeping records public, you may be able to get your criminal convictions sealed from public access.
Call Luke Neuville for a free, confidential consultation about your expungement case.