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Marijuana is now legal for Michigan residents, regardless of whether they have a qualifying health condition. While the state initially legalized medicinal marijuana back in 2008, it wasn’t until 2018 when recreational marijuana became legal in Michigan. However, despite the legalization of marijuana, thousands of people still have convictions on their records for marijuana-related offenses. As we noted in a previous blog post, Michigan lawmakers recently passed the Clean Slate law, revamping the state’s outdated expungement laws. While the Clean Slate legislation impacts those with many types of criminal convictions, one of the most notable aspects of the law is...
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In 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed landmark legislation known as the “Clean Slate” initiative. The Clean Slate initiative vastly changed Michigan’s expungement laws, allowing more people to obtain a clean criminal record. This can make getting a job, purchasing a gun, or getting into college or a professional trade school much easier. However, at the time, those who had a Michigan OWI conviction were among the few who could not get their record expunged. Last week, that changed when Governor Whitmer signed two new bills into law. On August 23, 2021, Governor Whitmer House Bills 4219 and 4220. Collectively,...
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A criminal conviction—even for a minor offense—can have a dramatic impact on your life. Not only that, but by default, a conviction will stay on your record forever, unless you seek an expungement. Expungement is the legal process by which a court sets aside a conviction, making it outside the reach of the public record. While Michigan has had an expungement law on the books for quite some time, the law recently changed as of April 2021. How Does Michigan’s New Expungement Law Work? Recently, Michigan lawmakers made some significant changes to the state’s expungement laws, making the process available...
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