Executive Branch Records

When an individual is charged with a crime or convicted of a crime, a criminal record is created and housed at several different government agencies.  The Court, part of the government's judicial branch, maintains a criminal record.  Additionally, several law enforcement agencies, such as the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), police departments, city and county attorneys offices, and Sheriff's offices, maintain criminal records.  These agencies are part of the government's executive branch.  The Department of Human Services (DHS) is also part of the executive branch.

For years, the Court's authority to seal records of most criminal convictions was limited to the sealing of only judicial branch records.  On January 1, 2015, an important new law became effective giving Courts the authority to seal not only judicial branch records, but executive branch records as well, provided that the offense meets certain qualifications.

Many employers, landlords, and background check agencies rely on executive branch records when checking an applicant's background.  Expungement (sealing) of these records is vital to the goal of most expungement petitioners: to pass a background check.

Arneson & Geffen has extensive experience helping people properly petition the Court for expungement.

Contact us today to learn if expungement is the right remedy for you!  Call us at (612) 208-6961 to discuss your criminal history and schedule a free consultation.