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As some of you may know, a new Minnesota expungement law took effect January 1, 2015.  This new Minnesota expungement law, commonly referred to as the “second chance law,” has made obtaining an expungement much more realistic to many more people.  Prior to the new law, courts were limited in the type of expungement relief they could grant.

Our lawyer recently obtained a full expungement for a client with an old Felony conviction.  This conviction had prevented our client from obtaining an IT position, which he was more than qualified.  Because the old conviction prevented him from working in his preferred field, he was forced to move to western North Dakota to manage a Wal-Mart to make ends meet.


The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office had filed an objection to the expungement request.  Their objection was based on the old expungement law.  The county attorney appearing at the hearing withdrew the objection after arguments from our lawyer.  Judge Trachy granted full expungement relief and ordered all records related to the client’s felony conviction be sealed.  The Judge’s Order applied to every state agency that had records of the client’s conviction, including the police department, court records, probation records, and law enforcement records held by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).  A redacted copy of the Order is below.

If you or someone you know would like to discuss a Minnesota expungement, please contact our lawyers today.  The experienced lawyers at Arechigo & Stokka will gladly review the facts and circumstances of your case for free.  We’ll take the time to explain how the new Minnesota expungement law may apply to your case.  If grounds exists, our attorneys will file an expungement petition on your behalf and argue to have your record sealed.  Call us today.


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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