If you have a past criminal record that is haunting you, possibly making it difficult to find a job, somewhere to live or obtain a loan, you may be eligible to have your record expunged (sealed or cleared). There is a rather involved process that has to be followed, making sure all the “i”s are dotted and “t”s are crossed.
So You know, the procedure is set up so that you can do it yourself; however, many people choose to employ a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney to assist them.
What Can an Attorney Do for You?
Even before you spend one-penny, I will evaluate your record to determine whether you are eligible to file a petition for Expungement. Once we determine a petition might be in order - I'll draft it and appear with you in court to argue that the judge grant it.
Specifically, I'll help you to craft an argument around three (3) specific criteria:
- The seriousness of the offense (the less serious, the better chance of having the petition granted;)
- Time that has elapsed since the offense (the more time, the better chance of having the petition granted;) and
- The rehabilitative measures you have taken (such as community service, counseling, stable employment, etc.) since the incident.