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Criminal Expungement

15 W Kellogg Blvd, Room 900
St. Paul MN  55102
651-266-8180
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Expungement Forms Packets:
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 Criminal Expungement Clinic 

Who:

    

You may file for Expungement only if:

1) You are not on probation or parole

2) Are not currently charged with any new crime

3) Have paid all fines and fees owed to Ramsey County and

4) Are not requesting a driving offense be expunged

When:

2nd and 4th Thursday of the month (excluding holidays) at 1:00 p.m.

Where:

 

Ramsey County Law Library. 18th Floor, Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 W Kellogg Blvd

Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Adults only.


Expungement Basics

What is expungement?

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record.  The order would seal the records and prohibit re-opening or disclosure of their existence except under court order or statutory authority.

How can I get a case removed (expunged) from my record?

Submit to the court a Notice of Hearing and Petition for Expungement and an Affidavit of Service.  When you submit the Notice and Petition and the Affidavit, you must pay the required filing fees.  The expungement packets provided at the top of this page include specific instructions on how to file.

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How long does it take to get an expungement?

Expungement is a lengthy process and usually takes from four to seven months.

Is filing for an expungement difficult?

It can be a complicated and lengthy process, and  you may be disqualified for any of the reasons listed in the Criminal Expungement Clinic Information  at the top of this page.

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Where can I get help with expungement?

Because of specific rules of court in the Second Judicial District (Ramsey County), a Criminal Expungement Clinic is offered at 1:00 p.m.  on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.  For more information, refer to the Criminal Expungement Clinic Information  at the top of this page.

The Criminal Expungement page of the State Self-Help Center provides detailed information that can help you decide how to proceed.  There are videos on what to expect, referrals to low-cost attorneys, and step-by-step instructions.  Keep in mind that the forms offered here are not used in Ramsey County.

What should I do if I want to file for expungement, but can't afford the fees?

Submit a Petition to proceed In Forma Pauperis (IFP).  Instructions are available online and in Room 900 of the City Hall/Courthouse.

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What happens after I’ve filed?

A hearing before a judge will be scheduled and a decision will be made.  The decision is not always in favor of the applicant (you).  You will need to state your case at the hearing and a representative of the prosecutor’s office may be there to make a case against granting your petition.


Qualification for Expungement

Can I have an arrest expunged if I was not charged?

Yes, but since there is no case in Criminal Court,  you would need to file different paperwork.  Both sets of paperwork with instructions are available at the top of this page.

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Can I get an eviction record expunged?

Yes, but eviction records are Civil records and you need to file your Request with Housing Court.

Can I get an offense on my driving record expunged?

No. The agency in charge of your driving record (Driver and Vehicle Services) does not expunge driving offenses.

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Can I get a public defender to help me file for expungement?

No.  Public Defenders are only available for cases that could result in jail time.  A motion to expunge does not meet that condition.


Other Questions

Can I get an order to open an expunged case?

You must file a motion to request it. The judge may or may not grant the request and there is no motion form available online.  Consult an attorney or visit a law library for more information.

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An expungement is a court order sealing records and prohibiting re-opening or disclosure of their existence except under court order or statutory authority. Nothing in the statutes authorizes destruction of records or their return to the subject. A Judge of the District Court must hear this petition.

The Criminal Expungement area of the Minnesota Courts Self-Help Center offers a variety of tutorials, guides and resources that can help you through the expungement process. If the offense you wish to have expunged happened in Ramsey County, use the forms at the top of this page to file your request.

What Expungement Means

Expungement (sealing) of a record means the record will not be available to the general public.  However, Minn. Stat. §609A.03, subd. 7, states that law enforcement agencies, prosecution or correctional authorities may seek an order signed by a judge to re-open a sealed case for the purpose of a criminal investigation, prosecution or sentencing. The records may be opened for the purposes of evaluating a prospective employee of a criminal justice agency, without a court order, pursuant to Minn. Stat. §609A.03, subd. 7.

You May Qualify for an Expungement If:

  • The charges were dismissed, you were found not guilty, or the case did not otherwise result in a conviction.
  • You were charged with a controlled substance offense and the proceedings have been dismissed and discharged.
  • You were a juvenile prosecuted as an adult;
  • The Board of Pardons has granted you a pardon extraordinary 

If there is no court file (in other words, the prosecutor did not file formal charges or the grand jury did not file an indictment) and you’ve had a clean record for the past 10 years, a petition to the court is not necessary to expunge your arrest record.  You should contact the arresting agency and/or the BCA [Minn. Stat. §299C.11(b)].

Serious crimes like murder, aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated, and sex offender crimes are never expunged.