Erase your criminal record. A clean record enables you to land a new job, obtain home ownership and pursue financial opportunities. Michigan law specifies that under certain conditions, a criminal record can be cleared. Use our expungement tool to determine if you are eligible.
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What is Expungement?
An expunged record means a clean slate. Once an arrest or conviction is expunged, it need not be disclosed to anyone, including potential employers. Certain government entities may try to access the record, but without a court order, the only information they will receive is that a criminal record expungement exists.
What is the Difference between Expunged vs. Sealed Records?
The general public cannot access either type of record, but when a record is sealed, it still exists. The details aren’t easily accessible, but the record is still there. Expunged records are, for the most part, gone.
Which offenses are not eligible for expungement?
Felony offenses with a maximum punishment of life imprisonment
An attempt to commit a felony with a maximum punishment of life imprisonment
Criminal sexual conduct in the first, second or third degree
Assault with the intent to commit criminal sexual conduct
All traffic offenses (this includes driving on an expired/suspended license and DUIs)
Am I Eligible for Expungement? Adult vs. Juvenile Eligibility
The State of Michigan allows an adult to expunge one felony or misdemeanor conviction, five years after you were released from imprisonment, and you’ve only had one prior conviction on your record. Some other conditions apply. You may not have records expunged if:
You were convicted of committing or attempting to commit a sex crime
The conviction was traffic-related
The maximum sentence for the crime is a life sentence—even if you were granted a lesser sentence
You have additional convictions on your record, other than up to two minor offenses
If you are convicted of a crime as a juvenile, it is called a juvenile adjudication. You can only apply for a set aside if:
You are over 18
One year has passed since you were released from detention for that adjudication
You have no more than three adjudications already set aside
You can’t apply to have an adjudication set aside if:
It was a traffic offense
It was a felony punishable by life in prison for an adult
You’ve been convicted of a felony as an adult
What Will I Need to Apply?
You will need the appropriate application, which differs for adults and juveniles. Generally, however, you will need the following:
An application for expungement from the court where you were convicted
A certified copy of your conviction record
A printed Michigan Applicant Fingerprint card
Cash, check or money order for applicable fees
The prosecutor, state police, and attorney general will need copies of your application and additional documents as well.
What Happens after I Apply?
The court will schedule a hearing after you file your application to meet with a judge to plead your case. If the judge grants you an expungement, you must send copies of it to the Michigan State Police and any other entity keeping a record of your convictions.
Our lawyers are experts in getting criminal records expunged and sealed. We offer this service in two ways. Both are offered for a low flat fee that includes filing fees and court costs.
Do-It-Yourself without Representation
For $395, we will gather all necessary records, file the appropriate documents with all appropriate entities (the court, the prosecutor, the state police and the attorney general), and ensure your application is filed quickly and correctly to get you before the judge as soon as possible without representation.
Full Service with Representation
For $695, we will do all of the above and we will also ensure that one of our top expungement attorneys will appear with you at the hearing date to represent you and argue your case, which will greatly increase your chances of having the application granted.
If you live in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Monroe County, Livingston County, or Washtenaw County, or even if you no longer reside in the State of Michigan, 1-800-LAW-FIRM can help you to expunge or seal your criminal record without you ever leaving home.
Why is it important to clear your criminal record?
Approximately 30% (65,000,000) of U.S adults have a criminal record.* Past mistakes lingering from a criminal record can appear at the worst possible moment. The process of expungement, having your criminal record cleared, makes it easier to land that new job, obtain your dream home and gain access to financial opportunities.
If your record is successfully expunged, you will enjoy peace of mind knowing that you do not have to disclose your past criminal record when asked about prior convictions.
Are you unsure if expungement could benefit you? Here are some cases where it may be helpful:
You were convicted of a crime as a minor and it is holding back your employment opportunities
You were wrongfully convicted of a crime and have past the deadline for appeal
You have had charges against you dropped or dismissed but they are still appearing on your record
You were convicted of a crime in your past and need to have the charges removed from your record in order to help you move forward with your life