Minnesota Drug Crime Expungements

Prosecution of drug crimes has become a high priority at both the state and federal level. The consequences of a drug crime conviction can be a permanent mark against your personal and professional reputation. Regardless of the type of drug or conviction, you will require an experienced Minnesota drug crime expungement attorney to develop your case.

Many employers will not even consider hiring someone with a drug crime conviction of any level. If you have a Minnesota drug crime conviction on your record and are looking to get that expunged, you may have that option under the newly expanded Minnesota expungement law. Depending on what degree of drug crime in Minnesota you have been convicted of will determine the ease and time frame between your conviction and when it can possibly be expunged. No matter the degree of the conviction, hiring an attorney to assist you in petitioning the court to attain a drug crime expungement is the smartest move towards a successful expungement as we know how to word your petition in the most appealing form possible.

Types of Drug Crime Expungements

Not all types of drug crimes can be expunged. The drug crimes that are eligible include 3rd and 4th degree drug possession crimes, and 5th degree drug sales or possession crimes. But, with the eligibility of any stay of imposition on a felony record, any drug record that resulted in a stay of imposition can be expunged, so long as the person has been crime free for five years.

What if you were convicted of a separate crime in addition to the drug crime, say a DWI? The Court of Appeals clarified this issue when it held that the expungement court can essentially split the two crimes. The court is permitted to grant a full expungement of the drug charge, while leaving in place the other conviction - even though they are in the same criminal case.

If you have completed a statutory stay of adjudication for a drug charge, you are eligible for an expungement, regardless of whether or not you were also convicted of another crime at the same time. Given how much drug records can impact persons when seeking employment or housing, it is highly recommended that you should seek an expungement of this record, even if the other conviction cannot be expunged. Getting the drug charge off your record is a meaningful remedy.

Convictions for petty possession crimes are much simpler since they are typically charged as petty misdemeanors or misdemeanors. In this case, the usual two year waiting period is used.

North Star Criminal Defense - Proven Drug Crime Expungement Attorneys

The Minnesota drug crime expungement attorneys at North Star Criminal Defense have over 40 combined years of successfully defending and expunging drug charges of all degrees and throughout multiple jurisdictions. We know the law, the arguments, and the strategy necessary in order to obtain a successful expungement. Contact the experienced and successful Minnesota expungement attorney that knows the law and how to best pursue an expungement of drug charges.