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What are the advantages of getting an expungement?

When you get the expungement if the motion is successful the court will then order not only it’s records to be sealed but also all records held by law enforcement or any potential agency. For instance, when I win and expungement motion the courts grants an order, in other words it issues an order telling… Read more »

Minnesota passed legislation in 2015 that makes it easier to expunge criminal records. What are a few of the changes made by this law?

Before 2015, it website much more difficult to actually expunge a criminal conviction or a criminal case and in fact, before 2015 it was impossible to expunge a case where the defendant had actually pled guilty and had a subsequent criminal conviction. There were a couple of exceptions but typically, if the defendant pled guilty… Read more »

What is expungement?

You know, when clients and see me and ask me about an expungement it’s a topic that really I think excites the public and potential clients. An expungement is a motion or a request but it’s a motion typically drafted by an attorney with some experience asking the court to expunge or what’s commonly known… Read more »

What are the penalties for domestic assault?

A first time domestic assault not involving strangulation typically will be considered to be misdemeanor offenses, zero to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine. The problem with domestic assaults is that employers, background checking companies, colleges, universities, even some professions will not retain someone, will not hire somebody, will not allow that person… Read more »

What is meant by guilt beyond a reasonable doubt?

Guilt beyond a reasonable doubt essentially what that means is you’ve already had a trial and you’re waiting for a jury to come back with a verdict. The jury has to decide is there any doubt, is the doubt reasonable, in other words is there doubt for which you can assign a reason to. Maybe… Read more »

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your work as a lawyer?

I would say the most rewarding aspect is actually helping people. A person comes in, they’re scared, they’re frightened, they don’t know what to do. And usually it’s their first offense and they want to generally try to keep it off their record, try to work the case in such a way that it doesn’t… Read more »

What is embezzlement under Minnesota law? Why is this such a devastating charge?

Embezzlement is a situation typically where an employee is placed in a positon of trust. Now as a general rule, all employees to some extent enjoy a level of trust with respect to their employer. But with respect to embezzlement it’s typically the taking of funds, sometimes property but usually it’s taking of funds, money,… Read more »

What are the potential penalties for embezzlement under Minnesota law?

The penalties for embezzlement essentially follow the same penalties with respect to theft. If it’s under $500.00 zero to 90 days in jail. If it’s between $500.00 and $1,000.00 in terms of total value of the item stolen, it’s a gross misdemeanor up to a year in jail and a $3,000.00 fine. With respect to… Read more »

Who should think about getting an expungement?

I would advise any person who is fearful of their past coming back to haunt them. If they’re looking for a job, if they’re in college and they’re seeking employment when they graduate, if they want to obtain housing and they’re fearful that a prior criminal conviction could prevent them from joining a particular profession,… Read more »

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