HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD YOU CAN’T SEAL A CRIMINAL RECORD? NOW THERE’S HOPE.
By the folks at Betters Weinandt, Dec 11 2014 08:24PM
Expungement. If you have a criminal record, you’ve probably heard this term. Basically, to “expunge” means to “seal” a criminal record, making it unavailable to the public (including employers performing background checks). Employers typically conduct background checks using records from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Several years ago, the law in Minnesota made it impossible for the court to order the BCA to seal convictions. Therefore, no matter how much your life had changed since your conviction, your employer was still able to hold your past conviction against you.
But now there’s hope…
Effective January 1, 2015, under the new Minnesota law, expungement of ALL government criminal records is now available to qualifying individuals who were convicted (or admitted guilty in anyway). This is a radical shift in the law and if you have a criminal conviction that is interfering with your ability to obtain meaningful employment, you need to talk to an attorney. This means that not only will the judicial records be sealed, but also the BCA records that are generally relied upon by employers. There’s a reason why this new law is referred to as the “Second Chance” law and you may very well be eligible to get help.
BOTTOM LINE: Even if you have been told in the past that you cannot expunge your criminal records, this is worth a fresh look.