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How to remove shoplifting charge from my record?

Plymouth, MN |

hi some years ago i went to the mall with my baby and while shopping i saw a nice little hat that i liked for my baby so i tried it on on her but forgot to remove it so i just kept on shopping and then went to check out and forgot about the cap. so i was charged with shoplifting now this is affecting my record is there anyway to remove this from my background ? please help

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  1. It depends on how the case was resolved. If it was resolved without a guilty plea and without a conviction (such as a "Continuance for Dismissal without a plea"), and the charge was ultimately dismissed, then you should be able to get an effective, statutory expungement under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 609A. See links below for more.


  2. I agree and will add that if you did enter a guilty plea, the challenges of getting a worthwhile expungement certainly increase. However, it may not be a hopeless cause depending on your circumstances. It is best to consult with an attorney individually for tailored advice. You could try to pursue an expungement alone, but I do not recommend it since the process can be tricky.


  3. I agree with my colleagues. The main issue is how your case was resolved. If you never entered a guilty plea, then you have the right to seal the records. However, even if you entered a plea of guilty, you still might have an opportunity to seal all of the records. There is a case currently under review which may have an impact on the expungement/sealing process. I would encourage you to seek good legal advice regarding your options.

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