Criminal Expungement In Michigan
Lots of people get caught after having made a serious error in judgment. Those mistakes can often times come back to haunt one who has been convicted of a crime. Potential employers, schools, and other private citizens often times have the ability to see what you have done; and their perception of you may keep you, amongst other things, from getting a job you really want, enrolling in a school you have worked your entire life to get into, or dating a girl you really like. If you have been convicted of a crime, and you want to keep that information private, you may want to hire an attorney so that you can expunge your criminal record.
What is an Expungement, and Who Can See My Conviction?
An expungement is the process by which public records of a criminal conviction are converted into a non-public record. So, federal and state court systems, U.S. Immigration and Customs, the police, etc. will still have the ability to see your prior conviction; but the general public will not. Only one crime may be expunged from one’s record in his/her lifetime. So, if you already have a crime that has been expunged, all crimes thereafter become impossible to wipe away.
Everyone has to wait until at least five years have passed since the conviction, or five years since being released from imprisonment for the conviction, before applying for a criminal expungement. Also, it is important for one to avoid further convictions when attempting to get an offense expunged from his record. Anything more than two other “minor” offenses on one’s record will effectively take away any chance one has to get the offense expunged from his record. A minor offense is a misdemeanor punishable by not more than 90 days in jail and/or a fine of more than $1,000.00; and the offense must have been committed before the offender has reached the age of 21.