Understanding Expungement Attorneys Helping Wayzata Move Forward

Being convicted of a crime in Minnesota can have long-term, negative effects on your life. It makes it very difficult to move forward and feel normal, especially if you’re unable to secure a job or find a decent place to live. If you have been denied a job, housing, or professional license due to your past criminal record, Minnesota expungement laws make it possible to have your criminal records sealed under certain circumstances.

The Second Chance Law

Until January 1, 2015, a criminal expungement sealed court records, but convictions could still be searched and found by landlords, employers, schools, and other agencies. With the passing of the Second Chance Law, the court will now offer a full expungement that seals court records, along with records at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, police departments, corrections and other agencies. The courts are likely to offer expungements in the following situations:

  • Some first time drug possession offenses
  • Offenses committed by juveniles who were prosecuted as an adult in criminal court
  • Cases that were resolved in your favor (where you were found not guilty or the case was dismissed)

Petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor convictions may be eligible for full expungement depending on:

  • What crime you were convicted of
  • How much time has passed since your sentence was discharged
  • Other cases that are on your criminal history

We’re Here to Help

Our extensive courtroom experience of over 50 years positions us to put the full-weight of our reputation behind your request for expungement. We’ll stand by your side and present your best possible case for sealing old records so you can finally move on with your life and enjoy all the opportunities you deserve.

If you are considering expungement, you need to work with a qualified Wayzata expungement lawyer as soon as possible. Call Merrigan, Brandt, Ostenso & Cambre, P.A. at (952) 933-2390 to get started.