How long do misdemeanors stay on your record?
Forever… or until the conviction is set aside with a Motion to Set Aside Conviction, AKA Motion for Expungement or Expungement Motion. Contrary to popular belief, misdemeanors never “fall” off a criminal record.
It is one of the most common expressions: “everyone makes mistakes.” What a tragedy when a person has a lapse in judgment or an error in good sense one time earlier in life and their lives are forever shaped by that moment in time. At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., our Michigan expungement attorneys cannot stand by idly and watch our client’s lives be ruined by some aberration in their lives that occurred years prior.
Michigan law provides for the opportunity to seek an expungement of a criminal conviction if all of the requirements of the expungement statute are met, even if there are prior multiple convictions under certain limited circumstances. Even when all the requirements are met, the judge who hears the motion must be thoroughly convinced that the petitioner has been rehabilitated and that the expungement is in societies best interest. Convincing a judge that a petitioner meets this very high standard is a daunting challenge that the expert expungement attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have taken years to craft and perfect. So when you ask, “how long do misdemeanors stay on your record?”, you will have to understand that the answer is forever UNLESS a Motion to Set Aside Conviction is granted by the judge.
We will maximize our client’s chances of having a much-deserved second chance at having a clean record.
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