What is expungment?
Expungement is a process for hiding criminal records from the general public. Through expungement, a court can order that some or all records relating to a case be sealed, meaning they are no longer accessible to the public.
What records can be expunged?
For cases that qualify, statutory expungement is a broad remedy which allows a court to seal “all records relating to an arrest, indictment or information, trial, or verdict.” This includes the court, police, prosecutorial, probation, and BCA records. For cases which do not qualify for statutory expungement, judicial expungement may provide a limited remedy, sealing court records.
Statutory expungement was recently expanded.
Effective January 1, 2015, statutory expungement (chapter 609A) was dramatically expanded. This means that many more cases qualify to have all records – not just court records – sealed from public view.
Representation for expungement.
An experienced Minnesota expungement lawyer can help you determine whether some or all of your records can be sealed. An attorney can answer your questions about the process and requirements, be your advocate, and stand beside you at every step.
At F. Clayton Tyler, P.A., we believe that anything that is worth doing is worth doing well. The first time. The expungement process can be tedious, and there are many details which must be attended to. Anyone who is seeking expungement would benefit from the experience, expertise, and knowledge of a professional advocate. This is especially true as courts, prosecutors, and criminal justice agencies adjust to and learn the new expungement law. We have the skills and experience to ensure that the best possible arguments and evidence are presented to the judge in support of your petition for expungement.
If you need an expungement, call us today. In a free consultation, we can provide a preliminary analysis of your case and help you determine whether, when, and how you should petition for expungement.
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