Prosecutors are ministers of justice. Therefore, it is our responsibility to help people who have paid their debt to society to get a court review of a criminal record and the barriers it creates to accessing jobs, housing, education, and financial qualifications. We are pleased to partner with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Ramsey County Attorney's Office, Washington County Attorney's Office, and Minnesota Attorney General's Office to ensure our residents have access to justice after they have completed their sentence by helping people seal their criminal records.
Is Your Criminal Record a Barrier in Your Life?
We may be able to help you get it sealed.
If you have a criminal record for an offense that was prosecuted by the Winona County Attorney's Office, we can help you determine if you qualify for expungement. If you qualify, we can help you get your record sealed by the Court at no cost to you.
Sealing, or expunging, a criminal record can make it easier for you to obtain housing, get a job, and certain types of job-related licenses.
What Criminal Records Can Be Sealed?
Eligibility is limited to offenses that appear in the Minnesota Expungement Statute. Some of the most common eligible offenses are:
- Fifth-degree drug possession or sale
- Receiving stolen property
- Damage to property
- Forgery crimes
- Issuing a dishonored check
- Financial transaction card fraud
- Mail theft
View a complete list of eligible offenses on the Minnesota Legislature website.
Most criminal records have a waiting period before the Court can grant an expungement. In order to qualify, you must remain crime-free during the waiting period. In most cases, the waiting period starts when you are discharged from probation. A new offense can extend the waiting period or disqualify you from eligibility.
The waiting period can vary from zero to five years or more. For example, if you received a stay of adjudication or participated in diversion, you may be eligible one year after completing your agreed-upon terms. If your entire felony case was dismissed, or you were acquitted by the Court or a jury, you may be eligible without a waiting period.
- What is an expungement?
- Are my criminal records destroyed or erased by an expungement order?
- Who can see my criminal record after it’s expunged and sealed?
- Can the state use a sealed criminal record as a prior offense when charging or sentencing a new offense?
- Do I have to pay to get an expungement of my criminal record?
- Do I need to file anything with the Court?
- Will I need to appear in court for my record to be sealed?
- How do I find out if I am eligible?
- How will I know when my records are sealed?
- Can my application be denied?
- Why might my application be denied?
- What can I do if my application is denied or I have more questions?