Below is a brief overview of the criminal expungement process, including the juvenile delinquency process, in MN District Court. Read through the Definitions tab for commonly used words. Read through the Criminal Expungement and Juvenile Delinquency Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) tabs for detailed information about the criminal expungement process.
You can ask for expungement of different court records, including juvenile delinquency records, criminal records, housing eviction records, and civil commitment records. This Help Topic only covers juvenile delinquency and criminal expungement.
It is important to know that expunging a juvenile delinquency or criminal record does NOT destroy the record. The police, law enforcement agencies, FBI, immigration, and other public officials may still see documents from an expunged juvenile delinquency or criminal court case for certain purposes. Usually, people ask for expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of a background check.