Minnesota Expungement Lawyer
A criminal conviction can remain on your permanent record for the remainder of your life. It can cause difficulty finding a job, finding a place to live, and being able to do certain things that allow you to be productive within society. This is why it is important to seek expungement when it is possible.
If you have been convicted of a crime and it is causing you a hardship that is keeping you from moving forward, you may be able to have the offense expunged. Expungement means that you will be able to have the record sealed from the public, keeping it from being visible in background checks so that you can get the job you want, rent an apartment, and do other things that are important to your future.
A Thorough Evaluation Of Your Case
Your criminal defense lawyer will thoroughly evaluate your case to determine whether or not you can have your record expunged. There are some offenses, such as murder, DWI, and sex crimes that cannot be sealed. It should also be understood that the record is not made entirely clean. Law enforcement will always be able to see your criminal record. Items that are on the criminal record are:
- Name of the court that handed down a conviction or dismissed charges
- The date of conviction or dismissal
- Details regarding the penalties
- Any other relevant details
Due to the fact this information is public, anyone who performs a background check can see all of the above information. This can make moving forward in life challenging. It does not usually matter the type or severity of the crime since the presence of a criminal record can keep an employer or a landlord from trusting you.
Honest & Realistic Advice
If a charge or conviction can’t be removed from your criminal record, your Mankato criminal defense lawyer will advise you of this from the beginning. However, it is important to realize that a person is never guaranteed expungement. While the mark on your record may be causing you a great deal of hardship, the court may find a reason to not grant the expungement. For instance, they have to determine that the expungement won’t hurt society. If they feel that it will, they won’t expunge the record regardless of how well you met the qualifications.
If the record is expunged, it can take months before the record is sealed. Once it is, a landlord, employer, or anyone performing a background check on you, with the exception of law enforcement, will not see the charge or conviction that was sealed.
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer
If a criminal charge or conviction is causing you difficulty finding a job, a place to live, or doing anything that would improve your quality of life, you may be able to have it expunged. However, there are some criminal convictions that cannot be expunged. To find out if you are eligible for expungement, call the Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office, Chtd. at 507-625-5000 for an initial consultation.