The Expungement Process in Michigan
- posted: May 31, 2023
How the expungement process in Michigan work?
The expungement process in Michigan is relatively straightforward. To begin, you must obtain a copy of your criminal record from the Michigan State Police Records Division. You can also check with the county clerk or court where the conviction occurred to be sure that they have all relevant paperwork. Once you have obtained your criminal record, you will need to file an expungement petition with the court that convicted you.
Depending on whether or not your conviction was a felony, there may be other filings required at this stage as well. Once your petition is filed, it will be up to the court to decide if granting the expungement is in the best interest of justice and in accordance with Michigan law. If approved, the court will order that all records of your conviction be sealed and removed from public view.
However, it is important to note that expungement does not erase a criminal record entirely; certain law enforcement or government agencies may still have access to it. Accordingly, you should always be honest about prior convictions when asked.
How can an expungement help you?
Expungements can help to remove the stigma associated with a criminal conviction, but they do not provide a complete clean slate. With that being said, an expungement can be hugely beneficial in improving your chances of getting employment or loan approval. It also serves as a reminder that everyone is capable of redemption and second chances.
If you are considering applying for an expungement in Michigan, it is important to get the help of a qualified attorney or legal service provider who understands the process. Having a professional on your side can make all the difference and ensure that you are fully informed throughout every step of the proceedings. It is also wise to consider what other avenues might be available for sealing or expunging criminal records if your initial application is declined.
With the right help and knowledge from the attorneys at Khamo Law, you can increase your chances of successfully petitioning for an expungement in Michigan. We are here to answer any questions about the expungement process. Contact us at (248) 466-0606 for any questions you have. Good luck!