Overview Description

Records of arrest and prosecution relating to a gross misdemeanor can be sealed by the court four years after sentence completion. Minn. Stat. § 609A.02(3)(a)(4).

Ineligible Category or Citation

See sections 609A.02(3)(c) and (4) for offenses ineligible for expungement.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the relevant court. If the prosecutor agrees to sealing the criminal record, the court can seal the record without a petition. Minn. Stat. § 609A.025. For the specific procedure, see Minn. Stat. § 609A.01 et seq.

Fees

The filing fee is the amount required under section 357.021(2)(1), and can be waived if petitioner is indigent. Minn. Stat. § 609A.03(1).

Effect

Disclosure of records' existence or their opening is prohibited, except under court order or statutory authority. Minn. Stat. § 609A.01. See section 609A.03 for limitations on the order.

Forms

Information on how to seal a criminal record in Minnesota can be found here.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed four years after sentence completion.

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