How much does it cost to get your misdemeanor theft take off your record in Minnesota? 6 Answers as of December 29, 2011

How much does it cost to get your misdemeanor theft take off your record in Minnesota? What are the steps to achieve that.

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Ayodele M. Ojo & Associates
Ayodele M. Ojo & Associates | Ayodele Mayowa Ojo
To do a criminal expungement in the State of Minnesota , you need to file a petition before the Court where the original matter took place. The power of the Court to expunge the records falls under two categories. If you were not convicted of the crime, then you are entitled to a statutory expungement which means the Court must do it and you won`t have to pay the filing fees of$320. However, if you were convicted or you entered into some kind of deal,such as stay of imposition orsuspended sentence which made it apparent that the criminal charge was not resolved in your favor, then it becomesdiscretionary relief, which means the Judge may or may not grant it, depending on whether or not there is a compelling reason that outweighs the interest of the public to know about your criminal records versus the reason why you want itexpunged. You have to pay filing fees of $320.00 if you were convicted unless you apply for a waiver of filing fees and the waiver is granted. All the relevant agencies must be served with the petition and notice of hearing date, because a particular agency may want to oppose the petition, when you fill out the forms , you need to contact the Court House to get a date before youmake copies to serve on the agencies and then provide proof of service, When the motion is argued before the Court , make it clear that you are asking the Court to expunge all the records, otherwise some Judges will just expunge the Court record only, whereas the BCA and other law enforcement agencies will still have the records. There have been confusing cases and authorities whether or not the Court has the power toseal the records being held bey the executive branch. Therefore you may need a lawyer for a better chance to get the application granted. Most lawyers charge about $500.00.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 12/29/2011
Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
Having a record expunged is not automatic unless you fall within a very narrow grouping of cases. Otherwise you are requesting that the court exercise its discretion to give you a break. There are a number of factors that will go into the court's decision including the age of the conviction, your personal circumstances at the time of the offense, and the effect the conviction is having in your life. The cost of making the attempt will include a filing fee of $320.00 and attorney fees, if you use the services of an attorney. Each attorney will decide his/her fees.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 12/29/2011
Rosengren Kohlmeyer Law Office Chtd.
Rosengren Kohlmeyer Law Office Chtd. | Jason Kohlmeyer
You have to do an expungement which is a fairly easy process for a criminal defense attorney to do. I believe the costs are anywhere from $1000-$2500 and take a minimum of 60 days and often about 3 months to complete.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 12/29/2011
Ascheman & Smith | Landon Ascheman
You are probably looking for an expungement. The details of your expungement will depend on the specific case. Your best bet is to gather your records and paperwork and find a criminal defense attorney that can help you file the expungement.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 12/29/2011
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
You can't have a misdemeanor conviction, theft or otherwise, taken off your record. You may seek a judicial expungement, but such an expungement seals only the judicial records. A statutory expungement which would seal judicial and administrative records is not available if there was a conviction.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 12/29/2011
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    You need to file a petition for expungement in the county where the offense occurred. The filing fee is $320.00, unless you file an In Forma Pauperis request, which would be stating that your income is below the poverty level and therefore the court should waive the filing fee.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 12/29/2011
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