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Expungement of a Criminal Conviction

Being convicted of a criminal offense in Michigan doesn’t have to mean that your educational or professional life will be damaged forever. In some circumstances, a criminal conviction can be “expunged”—i.e. removed from your criminal record. Expungement means that your record would no longer be public; only certain law-enforcement agencies would retain the ability to find out about your conviction.

Generally, an applicant receives one chance to petition the Court for expungement. Therefore, you should consult with an attorney to see whether you meet the requirements of the expungement statute, and to ensure that you follow the precise procedural steps mandated by law, giving yourself the best chance of success.

In considering an application for expungement, a judge will take into account factors such as the circumstances surrounding your conviction and your behavior since the conviction. If the judge is satisfied that such an action would not harm the public welfare, the judge may then “set aside” the conviction.

Only one conviction may be set aside, and people who have had more than one conviction for any criminal offense are not eligible for expungement. In addition, a person can not apply for expungement until at least 5 years have passed since his or her convictions, or since he or she was released from jail or prison.

A criminal conviction can have severe consequences for years to come; it may limit your employment opportunities, make you ineligible for some types of student aid, and impact your personal relationships. Expungement, if granted, may therefore provide both emotional and financial relief.

If you are interested in pursuing the expungement of a Michigan conviction, please contact The Leydorf Law Firm today. We offer experienced, honest, and hard-working representation to clients across the state. Call us at (517) 388-6800, or email nickleydorf@gmail.com.

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