Is Your Crime Eligible for Expungement?

Have you been convicted of a crime in the past? Has this conviction followed you around like a grey cloud that only hangs over your head? There are specific steps you can take to remove this crime from your record permanently. This process is called expungement.

When you are convicted of a crime your life often looks very different than it did before. Life becomes much more complicated, and all of the opportunities that you once had available to you seem to vanish.

Some of the obstacles you’ll face with a criminal record include:

  • Difficulty in finding a job

  • Rejection when applying for housing

  • Restrictions when traveling to other countries

Luckily, depending on a few factors, you could have your record expunged.

What is Expungement?

Expungement is a court-ordered process in which the record of an arrest or conviction is erased in the eyes of the law. The process for expungement varies based on the crime that was committed and the state in which it was committed.

Additionally, not every crime is eligible for expungement. According to Michigan law, an individual who has been convicted of a crime can petition to have two misdemeanors or one felony conviction expunged from their criminal record.

The following crimes cannot be expunged from a criminal record in the state of Michigan:

  • Federal convictions

  • Terrorism

  • Felonies that have a maximum punishment of life imprisonment

  • Criminal sexual conduct

  • Traffic offenses, violating the Michigan vehicle code or another local ordinance

  • Felony domestic violence

How to Expunge A Crime From Your Record

You are not required to hire an attorney to petition for the expungement of a crime, but the judicial system does recommend it.

Many of the steps involved are very tedious and take some experience to understand the best way to handle the process. The courts may not accept a petition for expungement if the requirements are not met to their exact specifications.

If your expungement petition is denied, you must wait an additional three years before you are eligible to petition again. This is why it is so important to find experienced defense lawyers who can provide you with hands-on guidance throughout this process.

The Okemos criminal defense attorneys at White Law PLLC will fight for you to have the opportunity at a new life without a criminal record hanging over your head. Call us today or visit our website to learn more about how we can help you start your life over.