There is no limit to the number or misdemeanor marijuana offenses that can be expunged by application under the new law. Although the same crimes will be eligible for removal under the automatic expungement statute, there will be a seven (7) year waiting period and a four (4) misdemeanor limit on automatic expungements when they go into effect in 2023.
Immediate Benefits for Expungement Applications
There are many benefits to cleaning your criminal record now, such as:
- Career advancement: Once you expunge offenses from your criminal record, many barriers to employment are lifted.
- Access to federal student loans: Restrictions based on your criminal history from both federal (and private) student loan lenders disappear after your application for expungement is granted.
- Fair and equal housing: Landlords and other housing providers will no longer be able to use your criminal record against you to bar you from living in their properties.
- Lower insurance rates: Insurance companies will no longer have a reason to charge you higher premiums because of a conviction.
- Concealed Pistol License (CPL) qualification: After expunging your felony, you can qualify for a CPL sooner rather than later.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Get My Record Expunged in Michigan?
Without a doubt, automatic expungement will be a benefit to many. However, the various limitations to automatic expungement means that it may not be right for you. If you have ineligible convictions or cannot wait three (3) more years for automatic expungement, you need to apply now. You can apply for the expungement of your convictions that are not eligible for automatic removal immediately, and perhaps wait on automatic expungement to go into effect to remove eligible convictions.
Whatever your decision, you should seek the advice of an attorney experienced in expungement applications to:
- review your eligibility, and
- to prepare your application(s).
If your expungement application is denied, you cannot reapply for at least three (3) more years. Additionally, one simple error on the application or misreading of the terms of service could lead to you being charged with falsifying documents. Falsifying documents is a felony, and a conviction typically results in extraordinary fines and prison time of at least one (1) year. All of this means that success the first time around is of the utmost importance.
The expungement process is extremely complicated. Therefore, you need to present the best case possible to the court on why your conviction(s) should be expunged. Our team of Michigan attorneys know the new expungement laws inside and out, and can best determine if you are eligible for expungement, prepare you for your court date, and present a compelling case to the judge.
With an attorney who specializes in expungement, your chances of succeeding the first time increase dramatically.