Any time a person is charged with a crime, a record of that charge is created. Whether that charge results in a conviction or is ultimately dismissed, a record of the charge continues to exist and is accessible by a number of different agencies and certain members of the private sector. Most employers do conduct background checks prior to hiring and the companies that perform those checks are very proficient at discovering any type of criminal records. Expungement is a process whereby a person can request that all records of their criminal charges, arrest, or even conviction, be “erased” from their record. The effect of a successful petition for expungement is essentially a fresh start without the obstacle of the criminal record. Recently, exciting changes in the expungement laws in Minnesota have created increased avenues for the expungement of criminal records. Under certain circumstances, even if a person has been convicted of a crime, it will be possible to successfully “erase” all records of that process through expungement. If you are concerned about how a past legal matter has continued to result in negative consequences for you long after you have resolved the matter itself, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who has successfully argued for expungements. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel can review your case to determine whether you are a good candidate for expungement. Call Knuesel Law Firm today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.