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Free Criminal Expungement Clinic


By jolson - Posted on 04 October 2013

Central Minnesota legal services is proud to present a new legal clinic in Anoka County. Beginning this month, the clinic will offer assistance with criminal expungement.

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 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:

October 28, 2013
November 18, 2013
December 16, 2013
January 13, 2014
February 24, 2014
March 17, 2014
April 21, 2014
May 19, 2014
June 23, 2014

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 125% of the federal poverty guidelines for full services; 300% for limited services.
  • Be off probation or parole:
    o 10 years for violent felonies
    o 7 years for violent gross misdemeanors
    o 5 years for nonviolent felonies, violent misdemeanors
    o 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 eligibility 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.

You must bring your criminal record to receive legal assistance.

Bring your full criminal history from the court AND your public and private record from the BCA.

MNCIS: At the courthouse, access your records at a MNCIS terminal. Choose “ALL MNCIS Sites – Case Search” on the county drop-down box. Open each file listed and print the entire document.

BCA: Send a written and notarized request to the Bureau, including your name and date of birth, and any other names used, such as maiden or former married names. Enclosed a personal check, money order, etc. for $8.00 made payable to the BCA, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Response time for mail requests is approximately two weeks.

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Criminal Justice Information Systems – CHA
1430 Maryland Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 5510.

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