Why might my application be denied?
  • Your offense is not eligible under the Minnesota expungement law.
  • Not enough time has passed since you were discharged from probation. In some cases, you may be eligible in the future after the waiting period has ended.
  • You have new crimes or a serious criminal history.

We will carefully consider the factors outlined in the Minnesota expungement law to determine if sealing your record is appropriate. These factors include the nature and seriousness of the offense, the length of time since the offense occurred, the steps taken towards rehabilitation following the offense, any aggravating or mitigating factors, your participation in the offense, your criminal history, the effect that the criminal record has on your ability to obtain employment, housing, and other necessities of life.

If we deny your application for any reason, we will explain why.

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1. What is an expungement?
2. Are my criminal records destroyed or erased by an expungement order?
3. Who can see my criminal record after it’s expunged and sealed?
4. Can the state use a sealed criminal record as a prior offense when charging or sentencing a new offense?
5. Do I have to pay to get an expungement of my criminal record?
6. Do I need to file anything with the Court?
7. Will I need to appear in court for my record to be sealed?
8. How do I find out if I am eligible?
9. How will I know when my records are sealed?
10. Can my application be denied?
11. Why might my application be denied?
12. What can I do if my application is denied or I have more questions?