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How to Get Your Criminal Record Expunged Part 1

How to Get Your Criminal Record Expunged Part 1

Are you interested in getting your criminal record wiped clean?

Has your criminal record been preventing you from that job you have always dreamed of?

Once an Expungement has been granted in Michigan, the records can no longer be seen for any civil or general law use. Understanding what an Expungement is and how to get it can be confusing especially with so much information out there. This is the start to a 3 part series on How to Get Your Criminal Record Expunged. Today, we will be breaking down what Expungement is.

What Is Expungement?

The process of removing your criminal record is also known under a different term in the legal system. Another term that you may see is to “set aside a conviction”USLegal.com defines Expungement as:

“Expungement is the process of legally destroying, obliterating or striking out records or information in files, computers and other depositories relating to criminal charge”.

This law allows for a Michigan adult to apply to have one conviction expunged and made nonpublic to any criminal background check except certain agencies. While the record would be nonpublic, the conviction would still be available to the law enforcement, the court, some licensing agencies and government agencies.

If you were to have your record expunged and then were convicted of another crime, the conviction that had been expunged would possibly increase the sentencing for your new crime.

In order to have your record expunged you need to know what your record is. According to the Michigan Court Website, while not required, it is highly recommended that you print off a copy of your criminal record. This can be found at ICHAT. It does cost you money. Knowing your official record can help you decipher if you may qualify for Expungement.

Now that you know that Michigan has a law that could allow you to have your criminal record removed are you wondering if you qualify?  On Wednesday, we will being looking at 7 questions to test your qualifications for Expungement in How To Get Your Criminal Record Expunged Part 2.

This article was published on: July 30, 2012 and was last modified April 6, 2016