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Experienced Michigan Expungement Attorney Paul J. Tafelski - Michigan Defense Law Expungement Lawyers

If you have been convicted of a crime, even after you have fulfilled all the penalties imposed by the court, there are other lifelong consequences you will be faced with. You will be left with a criminal record that can follow you for a lifetime and keep you from getting a good job, finding adequate housing and prohibiting you from other professional opportunities. Having their criminal record expunged helps some eligible individuals move on and put the past behind them. 

At Michigan Defense Law, attorney Paul J. Tafelski and his team of experienced Michigan expungement lawyers understand the long-term consequences that a criminal record can have on an individual’s life. For those who are eligible, Michigan Defense Law can help individuals apply for an expungement so they can move on with their lives.

Contact us today at (248) 451-2200 to schedule a consultation.

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What is Expungement?

Being convicted of a crime is more than penalties and jail time. It can have serious real-life consequences that will follow you throughout life. Anyone who runs a background check will be able to see your conviction, and this knowledge can influence the way others regard you and reduce the opportunities available to you in the future.

To expunge means to erase or remove. In legal terms, expungement is the process by which the court sets aside a conviction and removes it from the public record of an individual. Expunging a criminal record in Michigan is one way that individuals can overcome the consequences of their record and move forward. If you are successful in having your record expunged, it means that no one will be able to see that you were convicted of that crime in the future. For most individuals, expungement represents a second chance. 

If you are suffering the consequences of a criminal conviction and are curious about a possible expungement, Paul J. Tafelski and the Michigan expungement lawyers at Michigan Defense Law would be happy to discuss your options. We will investigate your eligibility, guide you through the process and advocate on your behalf before the court.

What Happens When Your Record is Expunged?

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Expungement is what is commonly referred to as setting aside a conviction.  It is a legal process where an old conviction is “set aside” and therefore the conviction no longer exists.  It is obliterated in a sense.  Following an expungement the conviction should not  show on any current background checks. This also means that you will not be legally required to say you were convicted of that crime because the conviction was set aside.   The only employers that may have access to these records are those public service positions such as police, firefighters, EMS, etc. or other government-involved positions and they should not consider them as convictions. 

Expunging a criminal record can help you to go forward and overcome the adversities that come with it. While an expungement may be an option for you, it can be a complicated process, however. Attorney Paul J. Tafelski Michigan expungement attorneys at Michical Defense Law will walk you through the expungement process and diligently advocate on your behalf.

Contact us today at (248) 451-2200 to speak with our Michigan expungement attorneys.

What Criminal Convictions and Individuals Are Not Eligible for Expungement?

In Michigan, there are particular criminal convictions which cannot be expunged and some individuals who are not eligible to seek an expungement. 

The following criminal convictions are not eligible for expungement in Michigan:

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Criminal Defense Attorney Paul J. Tafelski Explains Michigan’s Clean Slate Act

Fortunately, Michigan has one of the most extensive clean slate initiatives in the country. In 2020, the Michigan Legislature enacted legislation known as the Clean Slate package. As of January of 2021, new laws went into effect revising the requirements for expungement of a criminal record. 

The Clean Slate Act enables more individuals to be eligible for record expungement in Michigan. The highlights of the Clean Slate package include:

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Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys Explain How Does Someone Qualify for Expungement

A variety of criminal offenses can be eligible for expungement in Michigan, but many factors will be considered by the court when determining who will qualify. These will include the nature of the crime itself, what other convictions the individual has on their record, and how much time has elapsed since the offense. Waiting periods for expungements are:

Because the court has latitude in deciding who will be granted an expungement, it is critical that you are fully prepared to ensure your best outcome. If your petition is denied, you must wait another three years before filing again.  Attorney Paul J. Tafelski and the Michigan expungement lawyers at Michigan Defense Law will help determine if you are eligible, advise and skillfully guide you through the process and diligently represent you before the court.

To speak with an experienced expungement attorney, contact us today at (248) 451-2200.

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Getting the Advice of an Experienced Michigan Expungement Lawyer

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If you are suffering the consequences of having a criminal conviction on your record, you may be able to seek an expungement and set aside your conviction. Let us help you move forward toward the future. 

At Michigan Defense Law, Paul J. Tafelski and his skilled team of Michigan expungement attorneys will work closely with you each step of the way to help you get the fresh start you deserve. We will prepare you for your hearing and work with the court to advocate on your behalf.

Call us at (248) 451-2200 or contact us at our website to schedule a free consultation to discuss your eligibility and options.

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