The 2021 change in the law broadened the criteria of those who are eligible to expunge a conviction. It is truly rewarding to help a client remove a felony conviction that has been limiting their ability to get a good job or participate in their children's school activities. The value of starting over with a clean slate cannot be overstated. But Michigan law requires specific forms and procedures. You will need documentation that your post-conviction behavior justifies setting aside the conviction. The procedure is lengthy and warrants skilled handling by an experienced lawyer. You may face objections from the state attorney general's office, local prosecutor, and the victim in the case (if any).
There are many reasons for seeking an expungement, whether to find a job, get a better job, obtain grant money, apply to college, and even to receive public assistance. Although prospective employers are only allowed to ask if you have been convicted of a felony, (defined as an offense punishable by a year or more in prison), they can ask you to provide them with a criminal background history. Criminal background checks typically show all criminal convictions, including misdemeanor convictions. In addition, employers can obtain an Internet criminal background report (ICHAT) for about $10 without your permission (Michigan Criminal History Access (ICHAT) accessible at this link: Michigan Criminal History Access).
Removing an indiscretion from years back is a very good idea. We have seen cases where a criminal conviction for disturbing the peace or public intoxication from thirty years earlier has kept eligible applicants from getting jobs. In a competitive job market, a background check is a great way to weed through a thick stack of applications. In addition, removing a felony conviction can point you on the path to restore your Second Amendment gun ownership rights.
"Apartments may refuse to rent to those with domestic violence convictions."
Expunge a Criminal Offense in Michigan.