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Anoka Criminal Expungement Clinic

11/21/2016 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record.  People request an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of a criminal incident that shows up on a background check.

Attend an information session and meet individually with an attorney regarding whether this is a realistic option for your situation.  No pre-registration is necessary.

The Criminal Expungement Clinic will be held at the Rum River Library, 4201 Sixth Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303.

Due to limited resources, our free legal services are limited.  At a minimum*, you must:

  • Be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines for full services; 300% for limited services.
  • Be off probation or parole:
    • 10 years for violent felonies
    • 7 years for violent gross misdemeanors
    • 5 years for nonviolent felonies, violent misdemeanors
    • 1 year for nonviolent misdemeanors.
  • Not have any outstanding court fines or restitution.
  • Not be required to register as a predatory offender.
  • Not be seeking expungement of a traffic record, record in other states, or federal cases.

*People meeting these minimum qualifications may not be eligible for services based upon convictions since completion of sentence, number of offenses, or other factors.  These eligibilty guidelines are for our free legal services only and do not mean that you do not "qualify" for an expungement.  You may be eligible for other free legal assistance even if you are not eligible for ours, or you may petition for expungement without representation.

Please bring your MNCIS Criminal Record from the Court and BCA records if possible.  Go to and look for the 'expungement' tab for instructions on how to get them.

For more information contact Central Minnesota Legal Services at 612-332-8151.