Twin Cities Expungement Lawyer, Attorney
Some people find themselves haunted by a criminal matter that can keep them from doing such things as getting a job. As a matter of fact, there are some people who have misdemeanor charges against them and they don’t even know it. These charges can include owing a city in Minnesota city taxes or another petty offense.
Fortunately, such convictions can be removed from your public record as if they were never there. Even felonies can be removed if a judge has good reason to believe the felony conviction should not be there. You will have to state your case, but a strong one can result in expungement of felony records as well.
But you don’t want to go about this alone.
Sealing of the records
When a record is expunged, a court order is issued that seals the records and the record’s existence is to never be disclosed unless a court order says that it has to be. The matter is completely sealed away from the public and, if the circumstances are right, you may be able to answer “no” to the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”
However, keep in mind that the expungement process can be quite difficult. Not everyone who applies for expungement in Minnesota actually qualifies and, again, it is reliant on a number of factors that the judge must evaluate before handing down a decision of whether or not to eradicate the record or let it remain. Some of these factors include whether a conviction resulted after an arrest, the type of crime, and what provisions the sentence was based on.
Such court records that involve sexual offenses and murder are never sealed. You must also know that such offenses as DWI are not sealed either. Basically, the judge will look at your reasons for needing the expungement and base the decision upon whether or not the benefits to you will not harm the public in any way. This is why you need expert representation.
With an attorney by your side, you are able to be properly represented. You may know the reasons why you need the record expunged, but you need a voice within the criminal justice system that can make sure the facts make it through to the right party.
How long does this take?
The process takes approximately 63 days in Minnesota because paperwork must be mailed to the proper government agencies and a judge must hold a hearing so that your request can be heard. Once expungement is granted, if it is granted, it can take up to 60 days for the criminal record to be sealed.
Don’t do it alone
The important thing is that you not go about this process alone. Call Gearin Law Office at 651-731-4900 for a no-cost initial consultation so that you can see if you have the type of record that can possibly be expunged. From there, you can move forward with the process and we can help you by giving you high quality representation.