If you’ve ever been denied a job or a professional license due to a past criminal activity, you know the pain a criminal record can cause. A criminal record can hinder your chances to move forward in life, especially when renters, employers, or professional boards deny you an opportunity due to a past crime. But erasing a criminal record is possible in Michigan through a process known as expungement. By expunging your criminal record, you may be able to get your criminal record erased, depending on the nature of your crime.
Expunging A Criminal Record
Committing a crime can have everlasting consequences, from penalties, such as fines & incarceration, to lifelong prohibitions, such as difficulties applying for jobs & professional licenses. In Michigan, employers & professional boards may all ask to look into a person’s criminal record by requesting a background check. If your background check shows records of a past crime, you could be denied a meaningful personal or professional opportunity.
Expunging a Michigan criminal record can help you to overcome this barrier to advancement. With the help from The Law Offices of Mais & Sible, Attorneys at Law, you may be able to erase virtually all documents and files relating to your crime, including court documents relating to your conviction.
How Do I Qualify for Expungement?
Many crimes are eligible for expungement in Michigan. However certain factors, including the nature of the crime, any past or subsequent convictions, and the time since the offense, can influence whether or not an individual can apply for an expungement.
Felony Expungement - Person convicted of 1 or more criminal offenses but not more than 3 felony offenses, may seek to set them aside. There are different qualifications for assulative crimes, sex crimes & driving offenses.
Misdemeanor Expungement - You may be able to expunge 1 or 2 misdemeanor offenses, release from imprisonment, or discharge from parole, and he or she has been convicted of no more than 2 misdemeanors total and no other felony offenses.
Many crimes can be erased in Michigan, but there are a number of offenses that cannot be expunged. These include offenses for which the maximum punishment is incarceration for life, 2nd degree child abuse, criminal sexual conduct, human trafficking & serious traffic offenses. If you are unsure if your past crime qualifies for expungement, then contact The Law Offices of Mais & Sible, Attorneys at Law for an evaluation.