Domestic Violence Charges are Eligible for Expungement in Michigan
A conviction for domestic violence can prevent you from obtaining employment and can cause many other problems. Domestic violence lawyers can help with an expungement in Michigan.
Expungement Removes the Public Record of a Conviction
An expungement means that a conviction is removed from the public records and only accessible through non-public records. There will always be a private record of the offense with law enforcement. For the average person, business, background check, or other organization, the record is closed, and the conviction will not appear. Having a clean criminal history is a big help in many areas of a person’s life – such as job applications, college applications, credit ratings, and many other things. An expungement is a useful tool. It is helpful with domestic violence charges because the nature of the crime reflects violence and abuse, and having that on a criminal record can be harmful to a person’s future. Domestic violence lawyers can assist you and determine if you qualify. An expungement in Michigan is complicated, and an experienced attorney gives you the best chance of success. Most people who apply on their own or with a bargain lawyer are not successful.
Michigan law has a provision that allows a first offense domestic violence conviction to become a non-public record – this accomplishes virtually the same thing as an expungement. Everyone doesn’t qualify for this provision, and many people who do qualify are denied expungement. A capable, experienced domestic violence lawyer can determine if this option is available and develop a plan to convince a judge and prosecutor that the petitioner is an excellent, qualified candidate.
Some requirements must be met to qualify for an expungement in Michigan. The essential requirements are that more than five years have passed since the date of conviction or the end of a jail sentence or probation. The petitioner must not have more than one felony conviction and two misdemeanors. You can seek expungement of either the felony or both misdemeanors. Some offenses cannot be expunged – such as drunk drivings and felony offenses with a life-maximum sentence.
Domestic Violence Lawyers Who Can Help with an Expungement
LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has domestic violence lawyers who can help you with an expungement in Michigan. Our attorneys have decades of experience in state and federal court, representing people charged with criminal offenses. Representing, defending, and protecting people accused of crimes is all we do. We are specialists. Call the law firm of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. to represent you in a criminal offense or to seek the expungement of a prior felony or misdemeanor conviction. Our attorneys excel at what they do. We are proud of our record and proud of the fact that prosecutors and judges know that we are there to fight and win for our clients.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.