Wilson Law

Expungements

An expungement proceeding enables the records of a first-time offender to be sealed, making them unavailable through State or Federal repositories. If successful, the records are said to be “expunged.” After an expungement, for most purposes a criminal conviction will not show up in a criminal background check.

Because criminal convictions can adversely affect an individual’s life in many ways, an expungement may be sought to limit the impact of a criminal conviction, including your ability to:

  • Obtain certain employment
  • Gain access to certain educational opportunities
  • Live in certain areas
  • Obtain loans
  • Qualify for certain licenses and certifications
  • Keep insurance rates low
  • Meet adoption requirements
  • Own or possess firearms
  • Volunteer

Michigan law sets forth specific guidelines that must be followed to obtain an expungement. Not all criminal records may be expunged. It is important to consult an attorney who is experienced in criminal law and procedure when seeking an expungement. Wilson Law Office, P.C. has extensive experience in this area.

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