Ashlee Duplessis can help acquire an expungement of your charge from your criminal record. If you have been convicted before, or have accepted a plea deal in court, our Detroit law firm can help you. Expunging your record can be an invaluable asset for your future. Being charged, convicted, and facing the consequences of a crime are not all of the steps the justice system has after one has been convicted. The aftermath of a conviction can be as cumbersome and taxing. Under certain circumstances in the state of Michigan, one may have the opportunity to have a criminal record expunged. Expungement works by clearing your criminal record to the general public. After having a charge expunged, you may be able to answer “No” to “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” This expungement may help secure employment, education, housing, and much more.
Why Consider Expungement?
Unfortunately for many, facing the consequences of a conviction can go long beyond being released from prison and paying fines. These consequences can also stretch beyond serving probation, community service, or a court-mandated program. A criminal record can hinder many aspects of life including;
- Job Prospects
- Gun Rights
- Ability to join universities or military
- Living in certain communities
- Being in professional associations
- Higher Wages
For these reasons and more, many people in Detroit and throughout Michigan deeply consider the steps to expunge their criminal record. In many situations, a conviction should not be a permanent crutch on your livelihood.
2021 has been a tremendous year in Michigan for the expansion of expungement laws. Legislation, dubbed the Clean Slate Act, which passed in April of 2021 will dramatically change the expungement laws of the state, for the better. Some segments of this new law will not be in effect until 2023, therefore understanding how the law has changed is crucial.
This new legislation’s goal is to make the expungement process more straightforward. With that end in mind, the new law allows for an automatic process of expunging misdemeanors and certain low-level felonies. It also expands the number of convictions that can be expunged and changes the waiting period before a convicted individual can seek expungement.
The new legislation has also allowed for a second-chance for the hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who have been charged and convicted of a DUI. Unless the conviction stemmed from an incident which caused serious harm, the DUI charge can be expunged from a person’s criminal record. In total, three felonies and an unlimited number of misdemeanors can now be expunged. Including marijuana misdemeanors, traffic violations, and other crimes.
Experienced Michigan Expungement Attorney
Contact us today if you have been previously convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in Detroit or the Metro Detroit area. We have years of experience serving clients in Wayne County, Oakland County, and all over the state of Michigan. Contact us today. We offer free consultations.