Get A Clean Slate Through An Expungement

This is your life. Get your record expunged and fight to protect your best interests with help from your local Saint Paul defense attorney, Ryan Kaess.

Even if a judge dismisses your case or you are acquitted of a crime, criminal charges don't just go away. They can still appear on your record, which can be seen by employers, landlords and government agencies. This can be incredibly problematic because a criminal charge can literally prevent you from getting a job, renting an apartment or securing a bank loan, just to name a few things.

If you simply want to move on with your life after a criminal charge, your record can prevent this from happening. You need a clean slate and an expungement can help.

What Is An Expungement?

Expungement is the process by which you can petition the court to seal your criminal record from public view. A judge then approves or denies your request based on your eligibility for expungement.

It's important to remember:

  • Not all crimes are eligible for expungement
  • Police, federal agencies and public officials can still view a sealed record
  • Expungement eligibility depends on how criminal charges were resolved

In the state of Minnesota, crimes that are eligible for expungement include:

  • Certain first-time drug possession offenses
  • Juvenile crimes where an offender was prosecuted in adult criminal court
  • Cases that end in acquittal or dismissed charges
  • Certain convictions for petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors

Qualifying for an expungement is only the first step of the process. There is no guarantee a judge will approve your request and seal your record. A skilled defense lawyer can, however, give your petition its best chance at getting heard and approved.

We Will Defend Your Rights And Protect Your Future Interests

When we say we know what you're going through, including the fear you're feeling, we mean it. We've faced criminal charges too and we know how they interfere with your life. You want to move on with your life — we get that.

At Kaess Law, LLC, we have extensive criminal law experience — more than 20 years of combined experience — we will use to carefully review your record to determine whether you are eligible for expungement. Our passionate lawyers will then help you through the process of petitioning the courts, as well as help you prepare and present a strong case during your court hearing.

You have the right to an attorney during the expungement process. Make sure you're taking advantage of this right and protecting your best interests.

Take The First Step toward Clearing Your Record

If you have questions about the expungement process in Minnesota or need help petitioning the courts, contact Kaess Law, LLC. To schedule a free case evaluation, call 651-204-2415. You can also reach our St. Paul office through our online contact form.