Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys Help Expunge Arrests and Convictions
DETROIT LAWYERS WORK TO RELIEVE CLIENTS OF THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF A CRIMINAL RECORD
A criminal record can dog you for the rest of your life, preventing you from taking advantage of employment and other opportunities. Fortunately, Michigan law gives you a procedure for setting aside convictions and clearing your records. Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan is experienced in helping people like you achieve a fresh start, putting their mistakes behind them.
KNOWLEDGEABLE DEFENSE ATTORNEYS EXPLAIN ELIGIBILITY FOR EXPUNGEMENT
If you have been convicted of a crime in state court, it might be possible to wipe the slate clean through a process commonly called expungement, known in Michigan as a petition to set aside the conviction. State law allows you a limited opportunity to do this depending upon your criminal history. If you have no more than two misdemeanors and no other felony convictions, you may set aside one felony conviction. If you have no felony convictions and no more than two misdemeanor convictions, you may set aside one or both of those misdemeanors.
However, you may not set aside a conviction for certain types of crimes or attempted crimes, such as:
- A felony punishable by life imprisonment
- Certain sexual crimes
- Child abuse or domestic violence in some circumstances
- Traffic offenses
To bring a petition to set aside a conviction, you usually must wait at least five years after you completed your sentence, whether it is imprisonment, probation or parole. There are exceptions; for example, a victim of human trafficking may be able to set aside one or more convictions for prostitution without waiting. We have the experience and legal understanding to give you sound advice on whether you qualify for expungement and when you may proceed.
SHREWD ADVOCATES ENHANCE MICHIGAN RESIDENTS’ CHANCES OF SETTING ASIDE THEIR CONVICTIONS
Your need for our legal services does not end with deciding whether to apply for setting aside a conviction. Even if you meet all of the eligibility requirements, the prosecutor may contest your motion and the court has discretion to say no. After filing the petition, you must attend a hearing to explain to the judge why you deserve a favorable decision. We will work hard to convince the court that you merit the requested relief, presenting sympathetic and compelling testimony and other evidence.
Contact an accomplished expungement attorney in Michigan
Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan will represent you skillfully and tenaciously in the process of setting aside a criminal conviction. Our main office is located in the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit, close to the Wayne County Circuit Court and the Wayne County Jail. Call us at 313-329-5847 or contact us online for a free consultation.