Is your criminal record holding you back? If so, you may want to ask the court to expunge your record. Expunging your record means that your prior conviction is set aside. If you successfully expunge your record, you are considered to not have been convicted for most purposes. As a result it may be easier for you to get a job, housing or credit.
In 2015, Michigan made substantial changes to the expungement law, including an expansion in the eligibility requirements. Many who previously could not even apply for an expungement because of multiple criminal convictions became eligible.
In order to be eligible for having your record expunged you must meet very specific criteria. There are very particular rules regarding what felony and/or misdemeanor convictions are eligible for an expungement. You are likely eligible for an expungement of a single felony conviction if you have only been convicted of that one felony and no more than two misdemeanors. If you have multiple counts of felonies from a single transaction you are still ineligible to apply. For example, you may have multiple counts of financial transaction device because the same credit card was used a few times before getting caught. Unfortunately, this would make you ineligible because you technically have more than one felony.
If you have only two misdemeanor convictions, you should be able to petition one or both courts for an expungement of both convictions. To be eligible to petition you must also wait at least five years since you were discharged from probation / parole or released from prison / jail, whichever is later. In addition, it is important to know that many Judges do not automatically grant expungements. They often want to be convinced that a person applying deserves to have their record cleared. For these reasons, it is most helpful to have an attorney experienced in expungements to help you. We know what the Courts are looking for and how to present the case and to prepare the briefs in support of expungement. Call today for your free consultation on clearing your record once and for all.