Expungement of Michigan Criminal Convictions

SECOND CHANCES: All of us value a second chance when we’re given one. But for people who have a criminal record, that second chance is often elusive. The pervading myth is that once the “debt to society” has been paid, the punishment would end. Sadly, it usually does not. Once released from jail or probation, affordable housing and gainful employment are often denied or unattainable due to a criminal record, even though all punishments and sentencing have ended. Many landlords refuse to rent property; many employers refuse to consider an application that has been check-marked for a criminal. As a result, some people continue to pay for their mistakes for many years or even decades. A second chance allows these folks to become a positive and contributing member of their community.

Expungements of adult records- Legal Aid of Western Michigan has a one page to explain the expungement process, as well as a short video that can be found here. Michigan Legal Help also provides information and forms! MILS may be able to help with Expungements, click here for more information or Contact Us.

Expungement of a juvenile record- Juvenile records may be expunged. Learn about the process here. Michigan Legal Help provides links to DIY forms here. MILS may be able to help with Expungements, click here for more information or Contact Us.

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Additional information on Expungements under Michigan Law can be found at Michiganlegalhelp.org.