Criminal Expungements

It's Time For A Second Chance.

Don't let your past determine your future.  Learn how an expungement can help you move closer toward your goals. Many individuals suffer severe and ongoing consequences for past mistakes. These consequences include missed job opportunities, denials on rental applications, disqualifications, ineligibility for promotions, embarrassment, and fear. These same individuals make good choices and have done everything they can to succeed. Yet a bad decision from years ago has limited an otherwise bright future. Expungement offers relief and allows individuals a second chance to reach their full potential.

What Is An Expungement?

An expungement is the sealing of criminal, arrest, or juvenile records. When records are expunged, they are sealed from public view. The purpose of an expungement is to allow individuals to pass background checks so that they can obtain employment or housing. Minnesota lawmakers created the Second Chance law to help deserving individuals. Now, Courts are able to grant expungements that are meaningful and will assist deserving individuals in obtaining housing and employment.

Types of Expungement

Arneson & Geffen has helped numerous individuals seal many different types of criminal records. Click on a link below to learn more about sealing records:

Adult Criminal Records. These records include charges and convictions in adult criminal court, as well as juveniles that were prosecuted as adults. Click the link to learn more about expungement of adult criminal records.

Juvenile Records. These records include delinquency proceedings in juvenile court. Click on the link to learn more.

Arrest Records. These records are held by police departments and Sheriff's offices. An individual that is arrested, but never charged or convicted of a crime, may be entitled to a return or destruction of arrest records. Click on the link to learn more.

Department of Human Services Records. The Department of Human Services is required to study the backgrounds of individuals that have contact with children or vulnerable adults in licensed facilities. Individuals facing disqualification through the Department of Human Services must understand the disqualification process and their rights. Click on the link to learn more.

Questioned Identity. If someone has used another person's name in the commission of a crime, the innocent person's name may be linked to the offender's criminal history. Click on the link to learn how to clear a name.

How Do I Get My Record Expunged?

The process of requesting expungement can be lengthy and complex. Click here to learn more about the process of requesting expungement.

Learning About Your Criminal Record

You need to know what is on your criminal history. Learn more about obtaining criminal records by clicking here.

Success Stories

Arneson & Geffen has significant experience representing individuals seeking expungement of both adult and juvenile records. To read about some of our recent successes, click here.

Contact an Attorney

Please contact us for a no cost consultation and to learn more about how an expungement can help you.