We have helped hundreds of people in Michigan put their past behind them by clearing their criminal record. The job market is competitive, especially in Michigan. Clearing your record can make the difference between go to work and getting paid and just sitting on the couch.
If a criminal record in Michigan is holding you back, we would love to help you expunge your criminal record.
The sad reality is that employers and landlords often discriminate on criminal records for trivial offenses and ones that occurred decades ago. This often turns what was supposed to be an insignificant sentence into a life sentence.
This page can give you a helpful overview about all of options available in Michigan for those with a criminal record. We also have an online eligibility test that will help you quickly determine what we can do for you.
While not all former offenders will be eligible, Michigan does offer remedies for many former offenders. These remedies were created to allow former offenders be more productive and get more out of life. Whether the offense was committed by a juvenile or adult, there may be a Michigan law that will allow your record to be cleared.
Michigan law uses the term set aside instead of the term expungement when referring to the way to remove a conviction from your record. Once a conviction is set aside, the conviction is deemed to never have occurred (with a few narrow exceptions).
Michigan set aside proceedings can be very complicated. Having us represent you helps to ensure that your case does not take longer than it needs to because of mistakes that could require you to start the process again from the beginning. We will handle every step of the process for you and work to get your case granted as quickly as possible.
Once your case is granted, we also offer our exclusive Expedited Record Clearance Update service. This service will remove or update your case from more than 600 private background check companies. Unless you proactively notify these commercial background check providers that your case has been expunged, it can remain in their system for months or even years and be inaccurately reported to potential employers or landlords. With our service, your record will be updated with these companies within 14 days of receiving your granted order from the court.
Below is a brief introduction to some of the services we offer in Michigan. For more information, please visit the specific service page linked in the summary, or take our free online eligibility test to determine which of these services can help you.
Michigan allows for the setting aside of adult convictions. Michigan law allows for the set aside of most adult convictions. To be eligible must satisfy a five-year waiting period from completion of the sentence and you can not have more than one felony offense or more than two misdemeanor offense convictions. Certain serious felony offenses and traffic offenses are not eligible.
If you completed a case that was deferred and dismissed, you may be eligible to have it set aside. Most offenses that were deferred and dismissed can be set aside as long as the other conviction and waiting period requirements are met.
Michigan also provides for the set aside of juvenile cases and Many juvenile cases are eligible. You must be over 18 and one year must have passed since completion of the sentence. Felonies and traffic offenses are not eligible to be set aside. Additionally, you must have committed no more than 3 juvenile offenses and cannot have committed a felony as an adult
If you would like to get started on clearing your Michigan criminal record, we provide a few convenient ways for you to sign up for our services. The fastest way is for you to sign up online. To sign up online, take our eligibility test to see which service you are eligible for and you will be given the option to sign up at the conclusion of the test.
If you would prefer to sign up over the phone or if you have questions you need answered before getting started, you can call us or chat with us online for a free, confidential consultation. We are eager to help you with your Michigan case and show you why more than 13,000 people across the country have decided to let us handle their case.
Our exclusive Expedited Record Clearance Update service allows us to have the leading background check companies reflect changes to your criminal record in less than 14 days, instead of months and even years like our competitors.
Law Firm of Higbee & Associates
250 Monroe Avenue Northwest #400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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