Minnesota Governor Signs Second Chance Expungement Law
On May 14, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the Second Chance Expungement Bill into law. The new law will provide a second chance to individuals with past misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor and felony convictions. Formerly, those individuals’ access to employment, education and housing have been limited due to convictions. In addition to court records, the Second Chance Expungement Law will allow for the sealing of all records related to the arrest, booking, and charges in some circumstances. The law goes into effect next year on January 1, 2015.
A person may benefit from the new Minnesota Second Chance Expungement Law if he or she meets any of the following requirements:
- Successfully completed the terms of a diversion program or stay of adjudication more than one year ago;
- Were convicted of a petty misdemeanor or misdemeanor and have remained law abiding for two (2) years following the completion of probation;
- Were convicted of a gross misdemeanor and have remained law abiding four (4) years following the completion of probation; or
- Were convicted of a listed low-level felony offense and have been law abiding for five (5) years following the completion of probation.
The lawyers at Kassius Benson Law, P.A. can assist you with your effort to seal your records.