All posts by Expungement Lawyer MN

Jul26

In 2015, lawmakers in Minnesota created what is known as the Second Chance Law. This law helped to fix some of the issues with the older expungement laws, as petitioners felt they were not getting sufficient benefits from having their cases expunged. Here are some of the fundamentals surrounding the Second Chance Law, and how […]

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Jun18

It is not a stretch to say that most people make mistakes when they are young. In fact, probably everyone does. For most of us, those mistakes remain in the past. However, some people make bigger mistakes that can keep causing problems all throughout their lives. Luckily, it is possible to seal juvenile court records […]

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May29

As the public perception of marijuana use has changed in recent years, so has the position of many governments. Many states are now loosening pot laws to allow for more freedom of use. But where does that leave those who were convicted of crimes before these new laws? Should they be held accountable for older […]

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Apr13

There are several reasons why someone may be denied a U.S. visa or a green card, and the conviction of a crime is among those reasons. It should be obvious that serious crimes such as murder would disqualify someone, but what about misdemeanors? Unfortunately, even those smaller crimes can prevent someone from getting their green […]

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Apr04

It may seem like a minor matter, but getting caught and convicted for shoplifting can have serious long term consequences for the offender. That conviction will stay on a permanent record, and it is very difficult to have it removed. Fortunately, getting the record expunged is a good way to prevent that conviction from giving […]

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Feb13

When it comes to an expungement appeal, there are certain standards of review that the court must employ. Here is a quick guide to those standards and how they can affect an appeal. First off, the court must review the decision for any abuses of discretion. The appellate court needs to determine whether or not […]

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Jan17

In this day and age, more employers than ever are conducting background checks on potential employment candidates. With the internet, these background checks have gotten even easy, so landlords and even neighbors are conducting them as well. A criminal record will surely show up on those checks, so expungement would be a good option for […]

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Dec20

Are you in need of a Minneapolis felony expungement attorney? A felony conviction can be a significant hindrance on your ability to find work, go to school, get a loan, or even travel. Minnesota’s Second Chance expungement law provides the opportunity for you to expunge a felony conviction or a stayed sentence after five years, […]

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Dec01

When we think of the word misdemeanor, the natural tendency might be to think of something minor. However, if you are charged with a gross misdemeanor, it is anything but a minor change. It is only one step above a felony, and could even mean time in jail, along with fines and other penalties. Do […]

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Sep12

It is one thing if you are arrested and charged with a crime to mount a defense with a reputable attorney. However, if you have already been convicted of a crime, even if you have served your sentence, the repercussions can follow you throughout your life. One of the best ways to prevent a past […]

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Jul06

If you have a criminal record, it can have an impact on many aspects of your life. Luckily, in Minnesota, there is a way for those who have a criminal record to have certain charges expunged. This can help if you are looking for work or housing and a criminal background check is needed to […]

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May25

The main courthouse and government administration hub in Hennepin County is the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. If you have to go make a court appearance, the government center is most likely where you will have to appear. Here is some information about the building and its history. The Building Itself The Center […]

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May10

If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to know what happens to the record of your charge, arrest, and conviction. In the United States, criminal records are held by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that show a complete picture of a person’s criminal history. This information is usually available […]

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Apr25

In a recent decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the “Second Chance Law” does not apply to those whose felony convictions were later downgraded to misdemeanors. It was a closely contested 4-3 decision, but in the end the court decided that to petition for expungement, the petitioner must not have been convicted of […]

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Jun09

The following information addresses both the burden and proof and the factors that Minnesota courts make when evaluating a criminal case in relation the expungements. Burden of Proof There are two burdens of proof in a court of law, depending on who exactly bears the burden. If the prosecution bears the burden of proof, they […]

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Feb17

To get your criminal records expunged in Minnesota, you have to qualify for statutory expungement, although there is a workaround, thanks to the inherent authority expungement. The grounds upon which your BCA records may be sealed, as outlined in Minnesota Statute § 609A.02, are as follows.

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Jan28

The recently introduced expungement legislation in the state of Minnesota has provided an opportunity to take advantage of the immense benefits that those with previous criminal records receive when their convictions are expunged. Although this legislation has been operational for a year, it still has ambiguities that need to be clarified. Minnesota’s appellate courts have […]

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Dec04

There are a multitude of relatively severe punishments for driving under the influence of alcohol, especially if you are under the age of 21 in Minnesota. There is a multitude of hefty punishments and penalties that could impact you, not just for their duration, but for the entirety of your life.

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Oct30

Everyone makes mistakes, but some of these mistakes leave more of a trace than others. If you have a criminal record, you know that it can make seeking housing, a job, or a loan even more difficult. In these cases, criminal expungement can help you get your life back to normal.

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Sep04

It might not always be feasible to expunge a consequential conviction from your criminal record. However, if you believe you may be eligible for an expungement, it is crucial that you contact expungement lawyer Mark Herman. Mark’s insightful and committed approach has helped clients achieve expungements and start their life anew. Everyone makes mistakes. Often, […]

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Aug28

Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have mistakes slip by without incident, while other mistakes can be more difficult to erase and may affect your future in more significant ways. If you have a criminal record, hiring an expungement lawyer may be a good option to help minimize the effect the past […]

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Jul16

Finding the proper attorney to assist with the expungement process in Minnesota can be detrimental. Mark Herman has years of experience with representing clients for criminal conviction expungement. Sometimes good people make mistakes. Often these poor decisions are made when people are younger, and they do not understand the unintended consequences that their decisions will […]

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Jun17

Hearing about getting a background check may sound a bit intimidating. In today’s world, people are requesting background checks for all sorts of reasons and as a means of protecting themselves, their families, and their companies. Who typically requests background checks and why? People preform background checks in order to evaluate any potential risk of […]

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May26

Getting the best job for your life can be challenging, especially if the potential employer asks you the wrong questions during an interview. While most interviewers are aware of the questions they are not supposed to ask, there are still people that will ask you background questions that are illegal. Some of the questions you […]

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May19

A criminal record can have many adverse affects on your life beyond making it very difficult for you to get a good job and advance in the job. Depending on the nature of the criminal charges you could be face with difficulty getting into a preferred college when the time comes. This means you may […]

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