Minnesota Expungement Lawyers – Sealing A Criminal Record
Being accused of a crime, or even convicted of one, should not be allowed to permanently damage your career. Unfortunately, it is sometimes the case that incidents remain on your criminal record indefinitely unless you take action to remove them.
At Villaume & Schiek, P.A., in Bloomington, Minnesota, we are experienced at pursuing expungement of criminal records. Also, in special circumstances, a pardon may be appropriate to assist in cleaning up your criminal record. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your criminal record options.
Removing Damaging Material From Your File
Whether you are found guilty of a criminal charge or not, the charge may appear on your criminal record, which can be obtained by prospective employers, licensing boards and others. You may have an incident on your criminal record if you:
- Were arrested, prosecuted and convicted
- Were found not guilty
- Had charges dismissed for drug diversion or another reason
- Were arrested but not charged with a crime
- Were investigated for a crime
Having a conviction, charge or arrest on your record for a crime like assault, domestic assault, a drug offense, a prostitution offense, theft or any other offense can be problematic and possibly cause serious trouble for future employment and professional licensing.
Depending on the nature of the offense you were accused of and what happened after your arrest or investigation, it may be possible to obtain expungement of your criminal record. Even if you were convicted, expungement may be possible after a few years. Recent legal developments have made expungement more closely resemble record sealing. The incident may technically remain on your criminal record, but most categories of people requesting your record will not be able to see it.
Pursuing Executive Pardons
While expungement meets the needs of most people, there may be times when you wish to seek a pardon in order to completely remove a criminal conviction from your record. Our criminal defense lawyers are capable of pursuing pardon requests.
Contact us to learn more about what our attorneys can do to clean up your criminal record. Call us at (952) 851-9500.