Can DUI Cases be Expunged in Minnesota?


The good news is that in Minnesota, you may be eligible to have your DUI conviction expunged, or sealed, from your criminal record. Expungement is a legal process through which a person can petition the court to have their criminal record hidden from public view. In other words, with an expungement, your DUI will not show up on a criminal background check.

Certain requirements must be met to be eligible for an expungement in Minnesota. For example, you must have completed all sentence and probation requirements for your DUI conviction. Additionally, you cannot have any other pending criminal charges, and you must not have been convicted of any other crimes within a certain period.

However, not all DUI charges can be expunged in Minnesota. 1st Degree DUI are felony offense in Minnesota, thus being ineligible for expungement. 2nd and 3rd Degree DUI charges are both misdemeanors, however, 2nd-degree convictions can make for more difficult expungements.

Lastly, a 4th-degree DUI is typically charged for a first-time offense for BAC under .16. Typically, these convictions can be expunged two years after sentencing, as long as there are no other convictions for a defendant.

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