If you’ve been convicted of a drug crime in Minnesota, you may be wondering if your record can be expunged. The answer depends on the type of drug crime you were convicted of and whether or not you’ve completed a court-ordered drug treatment program.
Not every type of drug crime can be expunged from your record in Minnesota. For example, if you’ve been convicted of a first-degree drug crime, such as selling or manufacturing drugs, your record cannot be expunged.
However, if you’ve been convicted of a lower-level drug crime, such as 4th or 5th-degree possession in your first offense, or you were convicted of a petty drug crime, your drug crime may be eligible for expungement.
To have your drug crime expunged, you must first complete a statutory stay of adjunction. A stay of adjunction refers to the dismissal of a drug charge after probation. After this occurs, you may be eligible for an expungement of your drug crime.
If you’re eligible for expungement and you successfully have your drug crime expunged from your record, it will be as if the crime never happened. This means that you will not have to disclose the expunged drug crime on job applications or other forms that ask about your criminal history.
If you’ve been convicted of a drug crime in Minnesota and you want to know if your record is eligible for expungement, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney in your area. An experienced attorney can answer your questions and help you determine if you’re eligible for expungement.