Michigan law allows a person who only has one conviction or two minor convictions on their record to apply to a court for an order “setting aside” the conviction. A minor offense includes misdemeanors or an ordinance violation for which the maximum term of imprisonment does not exceed 90 days, the maximum permissible fine does not exceed $1,000.00, and that is committed by a person who is not more than 21 years of age.
If the court sets aside a conviction, the conviction is deemed to have never occurred (with a few small exceptions), and the conviction will be sealed from inspection by the public. Various law enforcement/criminal justice agencies will continue to have access to the records; however, they can only use it under narrow circumstances. This is what many other states call expungement or record sealing.
With more than 80 percent of employers conducting criminal background checks, clearing your record can greatly expand job opportunities. It is a great investment in yourself.
However, you can only set aside one Michigan case in your life. There is a five-year waiting period following the imposition of the sentence or the completion of imprisonment (whichever came later) for that conviction before the person can apply for a setting aside and the following offenses are not eligible:
With more than 80 percent of employers conducting background checks, setting aside the conviction is a great investment. See the Benefits section for more benefits.
The courts operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you start, the sooner your record is cleared. See the FAQ section to see how long this procedure typically takes and answers to other questions.
Our flat-fee includes all costs. We will conduct the research, file the necessary motions, respond to written or oral opposition from the District attorney, and send one of our attorneys to court to argue the case in front of the judge.
In most cases, you will not have to physically appear in court. You can let us handle all the work, while you track the progress of your case online.
We serve all of Michigan and offer a low-price and a money back guarantee. Trust us to make sure you get a great deal and the maximum amount of relief.
Our exclusive Expedited Criminal Database 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.
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* This price includes filing fees and court costs. In some instances a report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation report may need to be obtained. This may require you to be fingerprinted and you may need to pay an additional approximate amount of $25.
** 50% money-back guarantee does not include court costs or filing fees. However, if your case was previously denied within the past 2 years then there is no money back guarantee.
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|Prepare supporting evidence|
|Prepare initial motion|
|Attorney review motion|
|Deliver motion to court|
|Pay filing fee (excluding Illinois & Texas)|
|Respond to any D.A. opposition|
|Attorney attends required hearing|
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