Expungement Attorney in Shakopee, Minnesota
An expungement is a court order that seals a person’s criminal records so that they cannot be seen in a background check or otherwise viewed by the public. If you are looking to start fresh with a clean criminal record, Mr. Peterson is an experienced Minnesota expungement attorney that may be able to help.
The Expungement Process
Your “criminal record” is not a centrally located record of your criminal history like many people believe. It is actually a collection of records kept by the court as well as law enforcement, prosecutors, and other executive branch agencies. These records contain data on your criminal past, including:
- Your charges
- Details of the offense
- Location of the offense
- Court information
- Sentencing information
Many of these records, such as court records, are public and can be accessed online or at any courthouse. A person files a petition for an expungement to ask that a judge to seal those records so that they can only be viewed by a court order.
Do I qualify for an expungement?
The expungement process is complicated and not everyone qualifies to have their records sealed. Many factors govern whether a court can and will grant someone an expungement. These include, but are not limited to:
- Nature of the offense to be expunged
- Your criminal history
- Rehabilitation efforts since the offense
- Reason why the expungement is being sought