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Should you get your criminal record expunged?

If you have been convicted of a crime, have served your sentence, and have followed all court recommendations, you should be able to put your past behind you and move on with life. Moving forward is critical given the stigma against ex-convicts.

It may go without saying, but people with criminal records tend to have more trouble gaining employment compared to those who don’t. Convictions are especially particularly troublesome for who have had previous drug possession convictions. As such, part of moving on with life should include getting the conviction expunged.

An expungement essentially means that the criminal record is sealed from the public so that future employers, educational institutions or screening companies cannot see this information. However, law enforcement agencies may have access to and maintain these records. This is because police and prosecutors and investigators still have a public safety interest in maintaining access to criminal records regardless of whether the crime has been expunged.

Nevertheless, being able to put a criminal incident in the rear view mirror is vitally important. Under Michigan law, those seeking expungement must answer several questions to determining eligibility for expungement. They include whether the crime may be expunged as a matter of law, the number of criminal convictions, if any, since the original crime, and whether any tribunals (or courts) in any another jurisdiction objects to the expungement.

Given the questions that may come with the expungement process, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to guide you through the process.

The preceding is not legal advice.  

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