Minnesota Statute 609A.03 defines when a person is eligible to expunge criminal records.
There are now seven grounds for expungement. They are:

  1. Certain drug crimes with a Stay of Adjudication.
  2. Offenses committed by juveniles prosecuted as adults.
  3. Cases resolved in favor of petitioner (this includes dismissal, acquittal, and continuance without prosecution with no admission of guilt).
  4. The petitioner has successfully completed the terms of a diversion program or stay of adjudication and has not been charged with a new crime for at least one year since completion of the diversion program or stay of adjudication
  5. The petitioner was convicted of or received a stayed sentence for a petty misdemeanor or misdemeanor and has not been convicted of a new crime for at least two years since discharge of the sentence for the crime;
  6. The petitioner was convicted of or received a stayed sentence for a gross misdemeanor and has not been convicted of a new crime for at least four years since discharge of the sentence for the crime; or
  7. The petitioner was convicted of or received a stayed sentence for a certain felony violations and has not been convicted of a new crime for at least five years since discharge of the sentence for the crime.

Minnesota Statutes 609A.01.

Expungement is an extraordinary remedy and it is best for you to be represented by an experienced Minnesota Expungement lawyer.


“Everyone deserves a second chance. Too often I hear people telling me that a criminal conviction is affecting their ability to find a job, take care of their bills, and take care of their family. I am here to tell you that there is a new law that will potentially wipe your record clean. Under the old law, only judicial records were erased. Under the new law, you can potentially erase arrest records, BCA records, prosecutor’s records, and judicial records.”

Elliott Nickell


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