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Expungement

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 did not qualify for an expungement because of multiple criminal convictions are now 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 generally eligible for an expungement of a felony conviction if you have only been convicted of one felony and no more than two misdemeanors. If you have two qualifying misdemeanor convictions, you may be able to petition one or both courts for an expungement of both convictions. Furthermore, you must wait at least five years since you were discharged from probation / parole or released from prison / jail, whichever is later.

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