I hear this all the time from clients, “I want to expunge my criminal case but it seems so complicated and I don’t know who to ‘serve’.”
This is one of the reasons why you may need an Experienced Minnesota Expungement Lawyer on your side. Here is why: You cannot simply file the petition for expungement with the court and show up to court. You have to give the “other side” notice that you want an expungement hearing. That notice must have the date, time and place for the hearing. That notice must be properly served (distributed) to all potential opposing parties and the judge will want to see if you followed the law in doing so. Under the law parties who may have an interest in your expungement petition have a right to be heard whether they are in favor of, neutral or against your request.
“But who needs to be served?” is a question I hear often. Again, an experienced Expungment Lawyer can guide you. Who needs to be served depends on the facts of the case, whether you are a professionally licensed, the prosecutorial authority, be it a city prosecutor, the county prosecutor or both to name a few factors. The answer to this question depends on the facts of each case and is often a case by case decision best left to an experienced attorney.
If you are considering having a criminal case expunged it is very important that you retain an experienced Minnesota Expungement Lawyer who can anticipate which governmental agencies should be served. Call Martin Azarian at 612-343-9000 for your free initial office consultation.