Can I get legal aid for my expungement in the the same state that the case is in?

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Can I get legal aid for my expungement in the the same state that the case is in?

The crime was committed in another state but I live in a different state. I was
told that to get the expungement it has to be done in the state the crime was in.
I already meet the requirements for expungement.

Asked on December 11, 2017 under Criminal Law, Minnesota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, you most likely won't be able to get Legal Aid to help with this. First, they generally not do "standalone" expungements, since their resources are limited and they spend their staff time and money on defending people accused of crimes, to keep them out of jail (they might do an expungement for someone they are currently representing or recently represented, since if they are already helping that person, it doesn't take much extra effort to help with an expungement).
Second, you need a lawyer from state A to represent you there, but you live in state B; but state A's Legal Aid lawyers generally only represent state A citizens, again because they have limited resources and must prioritize--and they  prioritize in favor of helping residents of their state. 
This is not to say you can't ask for the help, but be prepared to be turned down.


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