Putting Your Criminal Record Behind You With Expungement
You’ve matured and grown beyond the person you once were, but your criminal record is still keeping you from doing the things that matter most. From finding housing to landing jobs, your past is like a dark cloud hanging over your dreams. Could expungement hold the key to your future?
Many Minnesotans with criminal records believe they’ll be saddled with their burdens forever. This is a genuine shame because Rochester has quite a bit of opportunity to offer those who want to pursue upward-moving careers. At Restovich Braun & Associates, our lawyers are passionate about helping people take part in the economy and enjoy the advantages of life in Olmsted County and throughout southeastern Minnesota. We’ve been playing hard, playing fair and playing to win since 1992, and we can’t wait to aid you with putting your criminal record behind you.
Your Options For Sealing Criminal Records
Criminal records are permanent files that detail your history of offenses, but their negative side effects don’t have to follow you around forever. Expungement is a process where all details of a given arrest and related court proceedings are removed from the publicly available version of your record. Although federal charges are difficult to expunge, Minnesota allows you to seal records, including those related to:
- Juvenile offenses prosecuted in adult courts
- Cases where you won a not guilty verdict, acquittal dismissal
- Certain misdemeanor and non-violent felony convictions
- Certain offenses related to first-time drug possession
- Convictions where you went through diversion programs successfully, received a stayed sentence or managed to avoid further convictions after completing your original sentence
Having your criminal record sealed is a big step forward, but not all records are eligible. At Restovich Braun & Associates, our attorneys can help you make sense of the complex rules and determine what might work for you.
We’re Committed To Helping You Proudly Face Life Again
Your expungement petition isn’t a sure thing. Even if you qualify to have your record sealed, the court still has the final say. You can also expect to wait four months or more to find out whether you were successful.
Since courts hear each request on a case-by-case basis, it’s in your best interest to portray yourself in a good light. Ask us how you can expunge your criminal record by calling Restovich Braun & Associates today at 507-218-2004 or by contacting us online.