Expunging Your Criminal Record In Michigan
At Tibble Law Office in Kalamazoo, we believe you should not be burdened by the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction after you have been acquitted, had your case dismissed or served your time. Based on recent developments, the state of Michigan agrees with us. Michigan’s 2021 updates to expungement laws have been called “the nation’s most lenient,” opening the door to new opportunities for people who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
What Does Michigan’s Expungement Law Mean For You?
If you are looking to clear your record and open new doors, an expungement could mean everything. As you know, a criminal record is not a criminal issue; it is an economic issue. Having a conviction or arrest show up on background checks can hinder your employment, housing and educational opportunities while also robbing you of the chance to contribute via school programs and youth sports leagues. Getting your records expunged can open new doors for you and restore your dignity.
Who Qualifies For Expungement?
Michigan’s previous expungement laws only allowed expungement for certain types of misdemeanor and felony convictions, and expungement was only allowed once. The new expungement laws will allow:
- The expungement of up to three felonies
- The expungement of an unlimited amount of misdemeanors
- As many as two “assaultive” crimes will be eligible for expungement
- Expungement of traffic offenses
- Expungement of marijuana-related offenses
- Several crimes that occurred during “one bad night” can be treated as a single conviction
These changes make expungement an option for many people who were previously ineligible or have already used their only expungement opportunity under the previous rules. Our experienced criminal law attorneys can help you determine whether expungement is an option for you and guide you through the process of restoring your rights and reputation.