People often wonder if they can get a criminal conviction removed from their record. People also often ask if there is any way to destroy any record of an arrest. After all, it is not uncommon for people to be denied employment due to a criminal conviction. It is not uncommon for people to be denied a residential rental lease due to a criminal conviction. In fact, there are a multitude of reasons why having a criminal record, or a paper trail of an arrest, can be quite damaging.

So, can it be done? The short answer is: Yes. The better answer is: It is a very difficult thing to do in the State of Minnesota.

Generally speaking, a criminal prosecution needs to have been resolved in the offenders favor to qualify for expungement. This means after an acquittal or dismissal of a case, most records can be expunged. Certain offenses can also be expunged after the offender is “discharged” from a probationary status.

In order to obtain an expungement, the offender must first petition the court for relief. The attorney’s at Nelson Law have over 30 years combined experience dealing with the complexities of Minnesota’s expungement laws. Contact us with any questions you may have, or for a free initial consultation.

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