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Crimes of domestic violence are now eligible for a Minnesota expungement.  A domestic assault expungement had previously been prohibited from being expunged under the new Minnesota expungement law.

Crimes of domestic violence, such as domestic abuse, domestic assault, sexual assault, violations of an order for protection (OFP) or a restraining order, stalking, and violations of a domestic abuse no contact (DANCO) order can now be expunged under the new Minnesota expungement law.  The severity of the conviction will determine the exact eligibility criteria for a Minnesota domestic assault expungement.  There are different waiting periods for convictions of a Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor and Felony.  However, if charges of domestic violence crimes were dismissed, then you would eligible for a domestic assault expungement immediately.  Waiting periods only apply to convictions and certain diversion program related resolutions.

Even though crimes of violence are now eligible to be expunged, judges may be hesitant to grant a domestic assault expungement request.  Crimes of domestic violence carry an inherent level of concern.  The West St. Paul expungement lawyers at Arechigo & Stokka have successfully obtained a number of expungements.  We know what the court looks for in deciding whether to order a Minnesota expungement.


A number of filing requirements and procedural rules must be followed.  Our experienced Minnesota expungement lawyers can help walk you through the process.  Our Minnesota expungement attorneys will handle all of the drafting, filing, and service requirements.  Our Minnesota expungement lawyers will get you ready for your expungement hearing to make sure you have the best possible chance of having your past mistake expunged.


Contact us today if you or someone you know has been burdened by a prior domestic assault conviction.  Our Minnesota expungement lawyers are happy to offer a free consultation.  We will explain the process and diligently prepare your case for the expungement hearing.

Author Photo John T. Arechigo, Esq.

Attorney John Arechigo has a passion for criminal defense in St. Paul, MN. John received his J.D., from Hamline University School of Law and also carries a Bachelor of Arts from, The University of Minnesota. John was named Attorney of the Year for 2019 by Minnesota Lawyer. Additionally, John was also named as a 2019 Rising Star and was selected to Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2021. He devotes nearly 100% of his practice to defending individuals charged with a crime.

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