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Expungement Attorney in Michigan

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Generally speaking, Michigan allows one-time criminal offenders who satisfy the requirements of state law to seal their criminal records. If you are a repeat offender, it’s highly unlikely that your records are eligible for expungement.

Serious felonies punishable by life imprisonment like 1st or 2nd degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and most criminal sexual conduct convictions cannot be expunged.


Moments of bad judgment are an inevitable part of life. Unfortunately for many people, mistakes can lead to arrests and criminal records. It’s estimated that 25% of the adult population in the United States has a criminal record. If you are one of the millions, you’ve likely suffered negative consequences long after your time was served or your fines paid. After a criminal conviction, individuals often find it difficult to secure employment, locate housing, adopt a child, obtain a professional license, acquire funding for higher education or even volunteer with certain charitable organizations. Luckily, there are steps you can take to expunge your criminal record and start over with a “clean slate.”

Simply explained, expungement is the legal process through which your criminal records are sealed from public access. Once the offense has been removed from the Michigan State Police criminal database, schools, employers and potential landlords will no longer be able to see the conviction. After an expungement, you can also legally state on employment or housing applications that the arrest or conviction never happened, saving you from the humiliation that generally comes with such a disclosure. It’s important to note that some governmental agencies, such as firearm permit review boards and professional licensing boards, can still access expunged records.

Eligibility
The first step in sealing your criminal record is determining whether or not you are eligible for expungement. Generally speaking, Michigan allows one-time criminal offenders who satisfy the requirements of state law to seal their criminal records. If you are a repeat offender, it’s highly unlikely that your records are eligible for expungement. There is however an exception to that rule; if your criminal record occurred before your 17th birthday, you may be able to have multiple juvenile convictions expunged.

The type of crime you were convicted of will also determine eligibility. Serious felonies punishable by life imprisonment like 1st or 2nd degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and most criminal sexual conduct convictions cannot be expunged. Michigan law also prohibits the expungement of convictions for traffic offenses such as driving under the influence (DUI).
You may also be ineligible if not enough time has passed since your conviction. A petition for expungement may not be filed for at least five years following the completion of a prison term or if incarceration was not part of the penalty, the date of a sentence,.

The Expungement Process
To begin the expungement process, you will be required to obtain a certified copy of your conviction record and have your fingerprints taken. You will then need to complete and file the “Application to Set Aside Conviction” with the court where you were convicted. Copies of this application must be sent to the State Attorney General, Michigan State Police and to the office of the prosecutor who tried your case. After filing your application, you will need to attend a hearing where you must convince a judge why your records should be expunged. If a judge does order your conviction to be set aside, the court will send an order to the Michigan State Police who will then remove the conviction from your record in the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT).

The expungement process can be complex with strict eligibility guidelines and multiple state agencies involved. To make sure you have the best chance of success, you need the help of an experienced expungement attorney. For over two decades, Attorney Martin T. Lievois has helped individuals throughout Troy and Flint get a fresh start. He can help you determine whether you are eligible, assist with the completion and filing of the application and appear by your side, or on your behalf, at the hearing before the judge. Following the conclusion of the case, the legal team will also verify that the records have been sealed so you can have confidence moving forward with your life. Call the office at 810-232-3223 in Flint or 248-498-2525 in Troy to schedule your free phone consultation.


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