Expungement Attorney: Better Options for Minnesotans
If you have any type of criminal record, you know that the negative consequences of a conviction do not end after your sentence is complete. Employers, landlords, schools, colleges, professional licensing organizations — even complete strangers — can easily go online and check your criminal record.
In the past, you may be been told that expungement, the process of sealing criminal records, was not worth the effort. While court records could be sealed, information was still readily available from government agencies, including the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Department of Human Services and the police.
New Options for Clearing Your Record
The law has changed. I am criminal defense lawyer Justin Schiks, and I can help you take advantage of Minnesota’s new expungement law. Since January 2015, more criminal record can be expunged, including some convictions for low-level, non-violent felonies. In addition, judges now have the authority to order government agencies to expunge their records.
The new law allows for the expungement of record of juveniles and adults who have successfully completed diversion programs. It also allows for expungement for people convicted of petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and even some low-level, non-violent felonies.
“If your criminal record has had a negative impact on your life, now is the time to determine whether expungement can remove this obstacle to a brighter future. The new law is complicated, and not all convictions can be expunged.”— Attorney Justin Schiks
Can Your Record Be Cleared?
There are certain requirements that must be met for a criminal record to be expunged. For example, a misdemeanor can be expunged two years after the successful completion of probation and if the individual has not subsequently been convicted of another crime. The waiting period to expunge a qualified felony is five years.