You Can Clear Your Criminal Record
If you have been denied a job, a professional license or housing because of your criminal record, an expungement may be right for you. If you have a criminal record and are worried about any of those issues, an expungement may be the answer to your worries.
Asking for an expungement is asking the court to seal your criminal record. It does not destroy your criminal record. But, once sealed, you may no longer be obligated to disclose the conviction when asked, such as on a job application, and background checks may no longer reveal the information.
Do you have questions about clearing your criminal record? Call Davis Defense at (952) 994-1568 or contact us online for a free consultation.
I Was Arrested, But Never Charged With A Crime
You may be eligible for a full expungement if you were arrested for criminal activity, but charges were never filed or, if filed, charges were dismissed very early in the criminal process. You can request that the records related to your criminal proceeding be sealed and that all indentifying information be returned to you, including photographs, fingerprints, etc.
I Was Arrested, And Charged With A Crime
You may be eligible for an expungement if you were charged with a crime, but you were:
- Found not guilty.
- Given a dismissal of all charges
- Able to negotiate a plea agreement that did not involve an admission of guilt.
- Granted a continuance for dismissal
- Entered into a diversion program and did not otherwise admit guilt
If you were convicted at trial or pled guilty to a criminal offense, you may still be eligible for an expungement if you have remained law-abiding for:
- Two years following the completion of your sentence, including probation, for a petty misdemeanor or misdemeanor.
- Four years following the completion of your sentence, including probation, for a gross misdemeanor.
- Five years following the completion of your sentence, including probation, for a felony. **Not all felonies can be expunged.**
To be considered law-abiding for the purposes of expungement, you generally cannot have been convicted of another crime during that time period.
Our defense lawyer can help you determine whether you qualify for expungement. Mr. Davis will also help you build your case for expungement. It will be important to show, among other things, how you have been rehabilitated since the offense you are seeking to expunge, why you need the expungement and whether you are employed and/or involved in your community.
There is no guarantee that your request for an expungement will be granted by the court. There is also no guarantee that an objection to your request for expungement will stop the court from granting your request. Having an experience defense lawyer at your side can help you better navigate the Minnesota expungement process.
Do You Need Help With The Expungement Process?
Call Davis Defense for a free consultation with expungement attorney Andrew Davis. He will answer your questions and assist you in sealing your prior criminal record, if you are eligible. From our Bloomington-based law office, we help people throughout the Twin Cities get a fresh start with a sealed criminal record.