The expungement process is one that is very detailed. When you hire an expungement lawyer Minneapolis clients have trusted with their legal needs for many years, it is possible to have that criminal record removed from view of those who perform background checks on you for work, school, or when you need to lease or rent a home.
If you have had difficulty moving forward in your life because of a criminal charge or criminal conviction on your record, then you may be able to do something about it. Sexual offenses, DUI, and murder/homicide are examples of crimes that you won’t be able to have sealed. You will want to talk to your Minneapolis expungement lawyer about your record and if there is anything you can do about it, especially if at least two years has passed since your conviction.
A Guide To The Expungement Process
Below is a summary of the expungement process:
- Obtain a copy of your criminal case history from the Minnesota District Court in your area, another Minnesota county, or from another state.
- Speak to an expungement attorney Minneapolis residents have been able to see results from.
- Your attorney will be able to acquire the expungement forms or they are available at the courthouse from the Court Clerk and online at the Minnesota State Court website.
- Gather your personal information that includes the date of your charge or criminal arrest, as well as contact information. You will also need to provide the names that you have been known as.
- You will need to explain why you want an expungement. The answer will need to be given very carefully and explain why the expungement is needed because the judge will look at the disadvantages an expungement would have for the community. You can explain how life would be better for you if your criminal record was sealed. Mention minor children you have who are at a disadvantage.
- You will also need to list your complete criminal history and any prior pardon or expungement information.
- You will have an opportunity to add more details about the case that you are working on and will need to list the names of the victims of the crime. If there was a no contact order, that must be specified as well.
- You will tell the judge how you changed your behavior.
- Your attorney can specify for you in page two of the order what agencies you wish the record to be sealed by. After that, an affidavit of service is completed, which is addressed to the agencies that were involved in your case.
- The court will schedule your hearing date and the hearing date will be included on the petition. The hearing date must be far enough out to give you the time to mail the petition, as it must be mailed 63 days before the hearing. It is recommended that the hearing date be 70 days from the time you fill out the petition.
- The petition is then notarized and copies will be made.
Ensuring The Accuracy Of Your Petition
Your Minneapolis criminal attorney will ensure the accuracy of your petition by doing the legwork for you. That way you do not have to worry about missing a small detail that could derail your expungement case and cause you to start again. Your papers will be filed with the court and when it is time for your hearing, your attorney will stand by you as your case is reviewed and you make your case. The only time you do not have to attend this hearing is if the court sends you a notice that says you do not have to attend.
Contact A Minneapolis Expungement Lawyer
If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime that qualifies for expungement and its present on your record has been causing you issues with getting a job, finding a place to rent, or another hardship when a background check is performed on you, then it is imperative to speak with a Minneapolis criminal lawyer who has extensive experience having criminal records seal so individuals can move successfully into their futures. To learn more about what the Law Office of Mark Herman can do for you, call us 24/7 at 612-382-4545 for a free consultation.