Farmington Hills Expungement Attorney
Expunging Criminal Records in Oakland County & Throughout Michigan Since 2002
Expungement refers to the process of legally destroying a criminal record. In other words, the criminal record is hidden from the general public. Michigan law allows a person to apply to have a criminal conviction expunged, hiding their criminal past from private employers, leasing companies, and other parties. The criminal conviction would only be available to a court, a law enforcement agency, certain licensing agencies, and other government agencies specific to the law.
Expungement provides convicted criminals a chance at getting what they really deserve: a second chance. Expungement would make it easier to find a job, apply for apartments, get a loan, and other accomplishments vital for an independent life. As a Farmington Hills expungement lawyer, it’s my privilege to guide my clients through the expungement process, helping them clear their names and build a better future.
Who Can Apply to Make a Criminal Record Nonpublic in Michigan?
You can apply to have your record expunged if you have only one conviction (felony or misdemeanor). What's more, most federal convictions cannot be expunged; however, they may be able to be pardoned under certain circumstances.
A person can apply for an expungement in Michigan under the following conditions:
- You only have one conviction; If two, one must be a minor offense* that was committed before you were 21.
- Your conviction was not an actual or attempted crime which is punishable by life in prison;
- Your conviction was not for an actual or attempted sexual offense in the second degree (felony);
- The conviction was not for actual or attempted sexual offense in the third degree (felony);
- The conviction was not for actual or attempted assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense (felony);
- The conviction was not for a traffic offense; and
- It's been more than five years since your sentence was imposed or completed.
*A minor offense is one that carries a maximum jail time of 90 days and a fine of $1,000. A person with a minor offense committed before they were 21 may request to have the more serious offense expunged from their record.
Open New Opportunities with an Expungement Lawyer in Farmington Hills, MI
One of the biggest hardships convicted felons face is limited employment opportunities. Having your criminal record sealed or expunged can be extremely beneficial when it comes to getting a job now or down the road. If your criminal records are eligible for expungement, I highly recommend that you contact my law firm to begin the application process.
The process itself is complex, but our firm can give you the strongest possible chance for having your records successfully expunged. Contact me today to learn more about the expungement process and whether you qualify for expungement to set aside your conviction.
To being your expungement process, call me to speak with an experienced Oakland County expungement attorney at (248) 599-0054 for a free consultation.