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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be expunged or destroyed in Minnesota. Please note that the Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not provide legal advice. Read the legal policies and statutes for detailed statutory information. Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview  

  • Most juvenile court records can be expunged. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request. You may not be eligible for expungement under these rules if you have an adult felony conviction on your record.
 
  • Most law enforcement records related to a juvenile’s interactions with police should be destroyed The waiting period varies depending on what happened in your case. You should not have to do anything to get the record destroyed.
  Find a Lawyer If you think you might be eligible to have your record expunged or destroyed, find a lawyer who may be able to help you. Some lawyers might help you for free, although you may still need to pay a fee to file the paperwork in court.   Court Forms and Resources If you cannot find a lawyer to help you, you may be able to file a petition on your own using these court forms and resources.

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

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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).

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Records of arrest and prosecution relating to a specified felony offense can be sealed by the court five years after sentence completion. Minn. Stat. § 609A.02(3)(a)(5).

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Records of an arrest and prosecution can be sealed by the court one year after the successful completion of a diversion program or stay of adjudication. Minn. Stat. § 609A.02(3)(a)(2).

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Records of arrest and prosecution for a first-time drug offense can be sealed by the court upon dismissal for successful completion of deferred prosecution. Minn. Stat. § 609A.02(1).  

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Identification data of a person will be destroyed when charges are dismissed before a determination of probable cause or when no charges are filed and no indictment is returned, if the person has not been convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor in the past 10 years. Minn. Stat. § 299C.11(b).

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Records of the arrest and prosecution can be sealed by the court upon a resolution favorable to the defendant. Minn. Stat. §§ 299C.11(c), 609A.02(3)(a)(1).

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Records relating to a delinquency matter can be expunged at any time if the court determines that the expungement would yield a benefit to the subject of the record that outweighs any detriment to public safety and burden on courts and state agencies. Minn. Stat. § 260B.198(6)(a).

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Juvenile history data on a child who was arrested must be destroyed six months after the arrest if the child was not referred to a diversion program and no petition was filed against the child. Minn. Stat. § 299C.095(2)(b).

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Juvenile history data on a child against whom a delinquency petition was filed and subsequently dismissed is destroyed upon dismissal. Minn. Stat. § 299C.095(2)(c).

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Juvenile history data on a child who was referred to a diversion program or against whom a delinquency petition was filed and continued for dismissal must be destroyed when the person turns 21. Minn. Stat. § 299C.095(2)(d).

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Juvenile history data on a child against whom a delinquency petition was filed and continued without adjudication must be destroyed when the person turns 28. Minn. Ann. § 299C.095(2)(e).  

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Juvenile history data on a child who was found to have committed a felony or gross misdemeanor-level offense must be destroyed when the person turns 28. Minn. Stat. § 299C.095(2)(e).  

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