Expunging Your Record

If you have a criminal record, getting a job is almost impossible. An expungement, or setting aside your conviction, may be the best option to clear your record.
Under Michigan Law, you may be eligible to set aside your conviction but only if you have only one conviction. It doesn’t matter if you have only one felony, if you also have a misdemeanor, you are out of luck. A few years ago, the law was changed so if you in addition to the crime you want to expunge, you have a minor misdemeanor between the ages of 17 and 21, you still qualify, but it must be a minor misdemeanor meaning that it is punishable by up to 90 days in jail. These include crimes like disturbing the peace or minor in possession. But, for all other crimes, more than one disqualifies you. Even if the judge wanted to give you a break, unless the judge is willing to break the law themselves, they can’t do it.

So if an attorney tells you he can get your conviction set aside even if you have more than one crime and those crimes were committed after you were 21 years old, don’t believe it.