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Record Expungement

Record Expungement Can Help You Move on From the Mistakes in Your Past

Many Metro Detroit residents that have been convicted of a crime, served their sentence, and are looking to move on, find it extremely difficult to do so. A conviction on your record can haunt you for your entire life, regardless of the positive changes you have made. Employment, child custody, seeking housing, and driving privileges are all severely impacted by a criminal record. Luckily, you have options.

Criminal record expungement is the process of building a case for the removal of a conviction from your criminal history, presenting it to a judge, and having them decide if the case warrants the records erasure. This can be a long and challenging process; however, the benefits of having a clean criminal record are numerous. Our Farmington Hills Law Firm helps Metro Detroit residents successfully build and argue their case for record expungement. We can help you get back in control of your life, unhindered by the mistakes of the past.

Criminal Record Expungement Requires a Professional Defense Attorney to Build the Best Case Possible

Our team of criminal defense attorneys have over 3 decades of experience helping Michigan residents remove stains on their criminal records. When you work with us, we will help build a case that puts you and your circumstances in the best position for an expungement. Criminal record expungement is a tedious process – call us today to learn more about the process and how we can help you.

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Michigan’s Clean Slate legislation now allows for more people to expunge their criminal record.

Generally, a person convicted of 1 or more criminal offenses, including felonies and misdemeanors, but not more than a total of 3 felony offenses, may file an application with the convicting court to expunge all of his or her convictions. In other words, an applicant can generally expunge up to 3 felony convictions and an unlimited number of misdemeanors. There are exceptions for certain types of convictions, which is why you should contact our skilled attorneys to help you through the process.

There are waiting periods of either 3, 5, or 7 years depending on the type and number of convictions sought to be expunged.

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First-offense Operating While Intoxicated Expungement Eligibility

Traditionally, an operating while intoxicated/operating while visibly impaired/drunk driving conviction would remain on your record forever. However, recently as of February 19, 2022, first time operating while intoxicated convictions are now eligible to be expunged under certain circumstances. You must wait 5 years from the date of discharge from probation to apply to have your record expunged. During that 5-year waiting period, you must not get arrested or convicted of any other crime.

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Who is NOT eligible:

  • If you have more than one drunk driving conviction, you do not qualify.
  • If someone was injured to killed as a result of your first-time drunk driving conviction, you are not eligible.
  • If you were convicted of drunk driving while driving a commercial vehicle using a CDL license, you are not eligible.

The advantage of expunging your criminal record

  • Lower insurance premiums – the money you save on lower insurance premiums will easily cover the cost of an expungement if you do it right
  • Eligibility for student loans and housing loans
  • College applications
  • Greater housing opportunities
  • More employment opportunities and promotions
  • Fewer restrictions on attending school related events

Our Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys
Have Saved Countless Lives

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    He saved my future as medical student. God Bless Him.
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  • Ray’s firm helped to save my life.
    When a good person does something bad they need a law firm that can help guide a client through the worst of times during the criminal process. Understanding the law is only part of the process, Ray’s firm understands the emotional impact the legal system has on a client and his/her family. Ray’s firm is very well equipped with experience to predict and manage outcomes during the criminal process. When in court I was very pleased that his peers highly respected his work, as that goes a long way when trying to build a solid defense case. Ray’s firm helped to save my life and for that I am forever grateful. 5 Star's Rating - Glen G.
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Contact Us Today

Time is critical when facing any criminal charge. To protect your rights and build the best case, you need the right team to help guide you through the legal hurdles set up to take your money, reputation, and freedom. Call us today, and we will help you fight back.

(248) 855-0911
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What is the Process for Having a Criminal Record Expunged?

  • Criminal record expungement is tedious process. There are critical steps you must take to have a record removed successfully. Our defense attorneys can help you with this process.
  • First, it must be determined if you are eligible to have the record expunged. This will involve a detailed look into your criminal background to determine the type of crime, how many crimes, and what the circumstances are surrounding each crime. 
  • Second, record expungements are a privilege, not a right. You must give the judge reasons why you deserve an expungement. How will you show a judge that you have made positive steps to change and better your life?
  • Third, you must complete all the required paperwork and present your case at a hearing in front of the sentencing judge.
  • Given the complexity of this process, it is highly recommended that you contact us to help you navigate the steps.