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Minnesota Criminal Record Expungement, Sealing, Pardons, and Restoration of Rights

Minnesota Criminal Record Expungement

If you have a criminal record in Minnesota, the State’s recently enacted expungement law may now allow you to expunge your criminal record and move on in life.  As of January 1, 2015 tens of thousands of Minnesota residents are now eligible to expunge their criminal records. Expunging criminal records improves employment options, makes it easier to get quality housing, and offers countless opportunities which were previously unavailable. Luckily, this major opportunity is now possible for those with a Minnesota criminal record.

How to Remove Your Minnesota Record

If you have a Minnesota criminal record, the following legal services may be available to you. Furthermore, if you have lost your firearm rights in Minnesota due to a conviction, our firm may be able to help you restore your rights. . Here are the following services we offer to Minnesota clients:

  • Minnesota Arrest Records Expungement: Minnesota State law allows for expungement of criminal records for arrests that did not result in conviction. The expungement fully seals the arrest records held by state and local criminal record databases, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies,
  • Minnesota Conviction Expungement: Minnesota State law allows for expungement of criminal records for almost all misdemeanor convictions and a select number of felony convictions. The expungement fully seals the arrest and conviction records held by state and local criminal record databases, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies.
  • Minnesota Firearm Rights Restoration: Minnesota State law restricts firearm possession for any person convicted of a felony offense of violence. A person can have this right fully restored by petitioning a court for restoration of firearm rights based on a good showing of rehabilitation. Upon granting of a firearm restoration order by the court, a person is no longer restricted from owning or possessing firearms under Minnesota Law.

Why You Should Hire WipeRecord

If you have a criminal record, you probably know how badly it can hold you back in many ways.  If you are granted a Minnesota criminal record expungement, it will be completely sealed from the public and you can truthfully say that you have never been convicted of a crime.

There are many potential benefits to expunging or sealing a criminal record, some of which include:

  • Being able to legally state that you have not been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense to employers and landlords
  • Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
  • Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
  • Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources
  • Eliminating the concern and potential embarrassment of failing a background check by removing public access to sensitive personal information

To see if you’re eligible to expunge your record in Minnesota, take our FREE and confidential eligibility test.  If you would prefer to speak with one of our Client Records Analysts, feel free to give us a call toll free at (844) 947-3732.

Figuring out whether you qualify for an expungement under Minnesota’s new laws can be difficult, and the process of obtaining an expungement can be very complicated and time consuming. As a result, hiring an experienced Minnesota attorney is the best way to maximize your chances of successfully expunging your record. We understand that an expungement is an investment in your future and for that reason, you can get started for as low as $99. Finally, take advantage of our low-price guarantee, and flexible, no interest payment plans.


Minnesota Criminal Record Removal Services

Expungement of Minnesota Arrest Records

Minnesota law allows for expungement of any cases that was resolved in favor of the petitioner.  This means that expungement is available for cases that did not result in conviction.  This includes arrests only, cases that were ultimately dismissed, and acquittals.  Even after a case is dismissed or resolved in your favor, the record of the case and the arrest remains public record.  An expungement of an arrest record or dismissed case fully seals the case record, making it no longer available to employers, landlords, and anybody else who may try to access the information.

Minnesota also allows for expungement of cases where the person successfully completed the terms of a diversion program or stay of adjudication.  This is when the court dismisses the case following completion of a probationary period.  In order to expunge a case where you received a diversion program or stay of adjudication, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You successfully completed the diversion program or stay of adjudication, and
  • You have not been charge with a new crime for at least one year since completion of the diversion program or stay of adjudication.

Minnesota Conviction Expungement

Minnesota law permits the full expungement of convictions, which fall into four separate categories. If granted, the court can issue an expungement order to seal all court records – records at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, arresting agencies, and other criminal justice agencies.

You may qualify to expunge a conviction from your Minnesota criminal record in the following four situations:

  • You were convicted for a petty misdemeanor and you have not been convicted of a new crime for at least two years since discharge of the sentence;
  • You were convicted for a gross misdemeanor and you have not been convicted of a new crime for at least four (4) years since discharge of the sentence; or
  • You were convicted for a qualifying felony and you have not been convicted of a new crime for at least five (5) years since discharge of the sentence.

Disqualified Offenses:  You may never expunge cases where you were required to register as a sex offender, even if no longer required to do so.

There is No Guarantee for the Expungement of Convictions: Qualifying for full expungement by meeting the requirements of one of the four categories above does not in itself guarantee that you will be granted an expungement. In addition to meeting the above requirements, you will also need to convince a judge thatgranting your expungement is greater than the cost to the public in not having access to your criminal records.

In making this determination, a judge will typically weigh factors such as:

  • The length of time since the crime was committed;
  • Your complete criminal record;
  • The nature of the crime and its seriousness;
  • Your reasons for seeking expungement (e.g., employment, housing, etc.);
  • Any risk you may pose to society or specific persons;
  • Your employment record and community involvement;
  • Recommendations from law enforcement, prosecutors, and victims;
  • Aggravating or mitigating factors relating to the underlying crime;
  • If there is any outstanding restitution, past efforts paying restitution, and any measures existing to ensure complete payment if the expungement is granted;
  • Steps you have taken to rehabilitate yourself since the crime; and
  • Any other factors the court feels are relevant.

Minnesota’s new expungement laws have provided a method for thousands of Minnesotans to clear up their criminal records, however, the process involves a lot of work. Furthermore, expungements are discretionary—a judge has the ultimate say in expunging a conviction from your record.  The process of obtaining an expungement takes at least six months, so don’t wait until it’s too late and you need the expungement immediately. Starting the process as soon as possible is vital to ensuring that you do not miss out on opportunities in life due to your past mistakes.

The best way to determine if you’re eligible to expunge your Minnesota conviction is to take our Eligibility Test or call us toll free at (844) 947-3732 to find out more.

Minnesota Firearms Rights Restoration

In Minnesota, a conviction for a felony offense of violence imposes a lifetime firearm ban.  Felony offense of violence are set by statute, and include a variety of violent crimes, including all controlled substance related felonies.  Minnesota does allow for relief from this harsh, lifetime ban.  Any person convicted of a felony offense of violence can petition the court for restoration of firearm rights.  To be qualified for restoration of firearm rights, the person must be; 1) released from physical confinement, and 2) show good cause as to why firearm rights should be restored.  In making a determination, the court will look to a number of different factors, including:

  • The length of time since the crime was committed;
  • Your complete criminal record;
  • The nature of the crime and its seriousness;
  • Your reasons for seeking restoration of rights;
  • Any risk you may pose to society or specific persons;
  • Your employment record and community involvement;
  • Stability in housing and employment;
  • Recommendations from law enforcement, prosecutors, and victims;
  • Aggravating or mitigating factors relating to the underlying crime;

Ultimately, the decision to restore firearm rights is discretionary and a judge has the final say in whether to restore your firearm rights.  The process for requesting restoration of firearm rights can be complicated, and can required a lot of work.  Furthermore, if your petition is denied, you have to wait three years before you can re-file for restoration of your rights.  You want to make sure that your petition for restoration of firearm rights is done right the first time.

Minnesota Office Location:

Minnesota Center
7760 France Avenue South
Suite 1100
Minneapolis, MN 55435
*By appointment only

Frequently Asked Questions for Minnesota

Do I qualify for an expungement in Minnesota?
The easiest way to find out is by taking our confidential, free Eligibility Test. In the alternative, you can refer to the above paragraphs to have a better idea of your eligibility. Give us a call at 844-947-3732 to speak with a criminal records analyst or attorney today!
I do not qualify, anything else I can do?
If you are not qualified for the above services but are still looking for ways to improve your life, one of our affiliates has an alternative to remove your records and personal information from the private online background check databases that matter the most. You can find out more about this service at www.recordshield.com. Note, however, that this is not a legal service that, and is not a substitute for an expungement.
How much do I pay for the services?
Currently we typically charge between $850 to $1,500 for services in Minnesota. We offer payment plans based on the client’s needs, and a refund policy when circumstances apply. Contact us today to get a tailored quote – we always offer discounts to clients ready to take actions!
What do I need to do to get started?
If you are reading this – you have already started the right course of action! Contact us so that our experts can start handling your expungement/restricted access right away.
Why should I choose WipeRecord to handle my expungement?
Having your record expunged is not an easy process – there are many subtle rules that need to be followed for you to be successful. Hiring us to obtain an expungement access on your behalf will give you peace of mind, ensuring it is done correctly and as quickly as possible, and increasing your chances of success. We will handle any objections the District Attorney may present, send a licensed attorney to argue your case in court if need be, and write letters to potential employers indicating that your case has been reopened and is in the process of being removed from your criminal record, all at an unbeatable price.
How long do I have to wait for the petition to be granted?
The most frequently question we hear from clients is – how long do I have to wait? We understand the importance of working efficiently so we try our best to move things forward. However, an expungement usually takes several months to obtain, depending on the particular county, and sometimes the particular court.
Am I required to go to court?
Typically, clients do not have to show up in court for us to do our job. Under rare circumstances where you are required to attend a hearing, we will be there every step of the way and make sure you have nothing to worry about.
How do I learn about my case status once I hire WipeRecord?
We strive to make our clients informed and assured of every processes of their case. Clients get a monthly update of their case from our paralegals, and one can always contact us by either phone or email for an update. Our law firm is currently finishing up a custom client portal, where clients can obtain information about their case online by simply logging in.

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The Benefits of a Clean Record

  • Get the job you want and make more money
  • Travel internationally without worrying
  • Reduce the cost of loans and insurance
  • Quit worrying about what people will find in a background check
  • Truthfully tell employers that you have not been convicted
  • Put your past mistakes behind you

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