ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR AN EXPUNGEMENT?
Under Michigan law, there are two major prerequisites to obtaining an expungement. First, you may only have one conviction. This includes misdemeanors and felony convictions. In other words, you are not eligible if you have two or more misdemeanor convictions, two or more felony convictions, or if you have a misdemeanor and a felony conviction. Second, your conviction must be at least five years old, or you have been out of prison for five years, whichever is later. You are not eligible until five years have elapsed. These are statutory limitations, so the court does not have room to circumvent these basic requirements. If you have more than one conviction, you will be denied. If you seek an expungement before five years have elapsed, you will be denied. Dont waste your time (and money).
Most types of criminal convictions can be expunged. This includes most felonies and misdemeanors. However, there are limits to what can be expunged. In general, there are five types of convictions that cannot be expunged:
A traffic offense means a violation of the Michigan vehicle code, MCL 257.1 to 257.923, or a local ordinance substantially corresponding to that act, which violation involves the operation of a vehicle and at the time of the violation is a felony or misdemeanor. The Michigan vehicle code can be found in many public libraries and on the state website at www.michiganlegislature.org. The list of traffic offenses are too numerous to list. Local law libraries and municipal clerk offices can help you locate local ordinances corresponding to the state vehicle code.
Examples of the types of convictions that cannot be expunged include:
If you have been convicted of a crime that currently cannot be expunged, your best recourse is to contact your state senator or state representative and appeal to them to propose a change in the law. You can locate your state representative or state senator online at www.michiganlegislature.org/mileg.asp?page=SponsorSearch.