Andrew Leone, Of Counsel

Andrew Leone

Of Counsel

Mr. Leone began his career as a prosecutor in Florida, where he was promoted to the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit.

After moving to Minnesota, Andrew opened his own Criminal Defense firm, Leone Legal, PA. In 2014.

In addition to his own firm, Andrew began working as the Supervising Attorney in the Minnesota office of a national personal injury firm.

Now, Andrew is proud to serve in an Of Counsel capacity for Eastman Meyler, PC.

EXPUNGEMENT OF MINNESOTA CONVICTIONS

You Don't Always Need to Be Looked At As Guilty

Having a criminal record in Minnesota makes life more difficult. A criminal record can limit you from getting the job you want, obtaining housing, getting professional licenses, legally owning a firearm, qualifying for government programs, receiving student loans, and many other opportunities which would otherwise be available to you.

When you’re with a crime in Minnesota, no matter the level of offense, the complete criminal record history for the offender is kept by courts, law enforcement, prosecutors, and certain state agencies such as the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Information relating to the arrest and many court proceedings are generally publicly available.

Minnesota’s BCA maintains criminal records for the state in an online record of cases including both public and private records. Public records can be accessed by potential employers or landlords, having a different influence on the opportunities afforded to past offenders.

Fortunately, Minnesota State law permits the full expungement of convictions, including almost all misdemeanors and certain felony convictions. If granted, the court can issue an expungement order to seal all court records – records at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, arresting agencies, and other criminal justice agencies.

Our law firm has helped thousands of clients deal with criminal records of every kind, and we hear success stories from them often. If a conviction in Minnesota is holding you back in life, keep reading to see what you can do about it.

This Information Is For You

Since the majority of people reading this aren’t lawyers, we’ve tried to simplify the legal jargon on our website, so regular people may follow along and get the information needed to understand their rights. However, before we get started, we should be clear that some of this information can get complicated, and, in many cases, it’s best to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer.

To help you understand your rights, our lawyers have developed a tool that can be helpful in figuring out your options. This tool can’t be perfectly accurate in every situation, but our lawyers have invested substantial time and resources working to make it as accurate as possible.

You can get started by using our Secure Eligibility Test, or you can give us a call at (844) 947-3732 to see if our legal staff is available for a free consultation. Be aware that our staff is often busy with current clients and a high volume of calls and appointments. If you’re serious about getting rid of your record, your best bet is to take our secure, confidential Eligibility Test and then schedule an appointment to discuss your results and options.

Do You Qualify to Expunge Your Criminal Records?

You may qualify to expunge a conviction from your Minnesota criminal record under Minn. Stat.609A.01 when the following general requirements are met:

Legal Effect Of Expunging Your Minnesota Criminal Record

The two biggest issues our law firm’s clients encounter relate to obtaining employment and restoring firearm rights, so we’re going to discuss each.

  • Will Expunging Your Conviction Help You Get A Job?

    Expungement is the best way to deal with a Minnesota criminal record if you need to pass a background check for a job. An expunged record is not destroyed by the court, but it is sealed by the court, making it unavailable to prospective employers, landlords, and the general public. Law enforcement may still access expunged records for investigating and prosecuting crimes, and they may also access expunged records for hiring purposes. The Board of Teaching may also access certain expunged records for employment purposes.

    As is the case in other states, certain aspects of Minnesota’s expungement laws are discretionary. Even if you meet the requirements to have your conviction expunged, there is no guarantee that the judge will grant the order. Petitioners for expungement need to convince the judge that granting the expungement will be in the public interest, and that the public is not in need of access to your criminal records. Judges will consider several factors in making this determination, based on factors including, but not limited to the ones listed above.

    The process of obtaining an expungement takes at least six months, so don’t wait until it’s too late and you need the expungement immediately. Starting the process as soon as possible is vital to ensuring that you do not miss out on job opportunities.

  • Will Expunging Your Conviction Restore Your Gun Rights?

    The expungement of a felony crime of violence does not restore your firearm rights in Minnesota. Under Minnesota law, an order expunging the record of a conviction for a crime of violence must provide that the person is not entitled to possess or receive a firearm. To restore your firearm rights, Minnesota law requires that you separately petition to restore your firearm rights under Minn. Stat. § 609.165. Further, Minnesota only permits your firearm rights to be restored if your firearm rights were taken away for a “crime of violence.” Note that a “crime of violence” includes drug-related convictions under chapter 152 of the Minnesota Statutes.

    If you have a conviction for something other than a crime of violence, then your rights should be restored after an expungement in Minnesota. It is important to know just what’s on your record to determine whether your firearm rights have been list, or how they may be restored. For a list of crimes of violence in Minnesota, see Minn. Stat. § 624.712, subdivision 5.

    We will go into more detail regarding restoring Second Amendment rights in Minnesota on our Minnesota Firearm Rights Restoration page, but restoration typically involves both state and federal law that should be handled by an experienced lawyer. The lawyers in our firm regularly handle complex firearm rights restoration issues, so a good first step in exploring whether you can restore your firearm rights would be to take our Secure Eligibility Test. Then, if appropriate, set up a time to speak with our legal staff about how to proceed.

What You Need to Do to Get Rid of Your Record

If you are tired of having a criminal record hold you back, reach out to us by taking our Secure Eligibility Test or by giving us a call at (844) 947-3732. Our law firm has helped thousands of people with criminal records move on in life, leaving many of the negative effects of a criminal record behind. Our experienced attorneys and legal staff are here to help you figure out what criminal record clearing services best fit your needs, and then help you accomplish your goals. Using our secure, confidential Eligibility Test is the best way to get the process started.

Some of the Potential Benefits of Setting Aside Your Arrest Record in Minnesota Include:

  • Removing a finding of guilt and closing the case on your criminal record to help you get a better job
  • Restoring your Second Amendment Rights to own a firearm
  • Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
  • Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
  • Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources

We Are Here to Help

Minnesota’s methods for dealing with your criminal record have different requirements and are meant for different circumstances. To move forward, it’s important to determine which Minnesota criminal record services are available to you, and then select the services that will provide the greatest benefit. Eastman Meyler, PC is here to help you navigate this very specific area of Minnesota criminal law, fight to protect your rights, and assist you in moving forward in life without the effects of a Minnesota criminal record.

You can trust that you will get exceptional service from our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo list our attorneys as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys. Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Minnesota state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!