Having a criminal record and a conviction can have long-term effects on a person’s life that go far beyond the immediate consequences of serving time in prison or paying fines. Even after completing a sentence, those with criminal records may find themselves facing a range of challenges that can have significant impacts on their personal, social, and economic well-being.
One of the most significant long-term effects of a criminal record is the stigma and discrimination that often accompanies it. Many employers, landlords, and even some educational institutions may be reluctant to hire, rent to, or admit individuals with criminal records, even if the offense was minor or occurred many years ago. This can limit opportunities for individuals to advance in their careers, find stable housing, or pursue higher education. When it comes to marijuana crimes, this stigma can often have an even greater effect on a person’s psyche. Many champion Marijuana’s legalization and its changing social perception, however there’s many Michiganders that have a criminal record for having possessed a drug that’s now legal.
In addition to the social stigma, a criminal record can also have legal and financial implications. In some cases, people with criminal records may be barred from certain professions or industries, such as healthcare or education. Having a criminal record can make it difficult to obtain credit, secure loans, or even find affordable insurance rates.
How to expunge Marijuana Convictions from your record
Michigan passed a marijuana legalization law in 2018. And, in 2021 it passed the “Clean Slate Act.” If you were convicted of a weed related crime prior to 2018 that is no longer considered to be criminal you can ask for an expungement. Unlike other convictions which were covered in the 2021 law, any number of marijuana convictions can be expunged. Another difference between other convictions and cannabis related convictions is that there is no wait period.
Once you petition the state to expunge the conviction the courts will review and approve the expungement request. It is possible that the court will question your application. However, the burden is on the prosecution to prove the expungement is improper.
Can you expunge your past marijuana conviction?
Our firm can assist you in petitioning the court to set aside any marijuana-related convictions on your record. We can guide you in understanding which offenses qualify and provide further information on the process.