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You can Get an Expungement – Here is How

The Criminal Expungement Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can help you get a fresh start

Is your criminal record holding you back? Are you having difficulty advancing in your career or getting a job? Is a prior error in judgment standing in the way of a professional license? Do you just want a clean criminal history?

Everyone makes mistakes in life, but that does not mean they have to pay for them for the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad choices, it does not mean they are bad…it means they are human.

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Michigan Expungement Attorney - EffectiveThe law firm of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has successfully represented clients throughout Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County, Livingston County and throughout Michigan who are interested in clearing their criminal records. We can use our decades of experience to help wipe out your criminal history. You may have had a lapse in judgment many years ago or maybe you were wrongfully convicted of a crime, either way, your record can be cleared if your Motion for Expungement is handled by an expungement specialist.
Whatever the circumstances of your particular situation, we will consult with you for free and determine whether you may qualify for an expungement. In Michigan, an expungement is also known as a Motion to Set Aside a Conviction. We can then guide you through this process for a felony or misdemeanor and, if you are eligible, help you clear your criminal history as quickly as possible.  When many people represent themselves or hire a bargain lawyer, the result can be unnecessarily devastating.  You may only get one change to request expungement, we can make sure it is done right the first time.
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Setting aside a felony or misdemeanor conviction can result in better or new employment, housing, restoration of voting and firearms rights, and financial opportunities. Many experience a great sense of relief when their prior conviction is set aside and they then have the peace of mind in knowing that they can truthfully and legally answer “no” when asked whether they have any criminal convictions. If you would like to learn more about how a prior felony or misdemeanor can be expunged and how LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can help you with that process, we welcome you to contact our firm today for a free initial consultation.

There are certain requirements and limitations to a Motion to Set Aside a Conviction (Expungement Motion). If you call us, we will be able to determine what options you have to set aside any criminal history you may have.

If you or a loved one is in need of an expungement or you would like to have a past conviction set aside, please do not hesitate to call Michigan Expungement Attorneys Randy Lewis and Loren Dickstein for a free consultation at (248) 263-6800. If it is possible to help you, we will find a way!

The New Law – Expungement Even with Several Convictions

Michigan Compiled Law (hereinafter referred to as “MCL”) §780.621 provides that a person may apply to have a conviction set aside if certain conditions are satisfied. A court may set aside a conviction if (1) the circumstances and behavior of the applicant since the date of the conviction warrant the requested relief and (2) the setting aside of the conviction is consistent with the public welfare. MCL §780.621(9).
The law now allows for an individual to apply to have a felony expunged even if that person has two other convictions that are misdemeanors.  In addition, for a person with two misdemeanor convictions, he or she may apply to have BOTH convictions removed.
The analysis and consideration a request for an expungement motion should be based solely on the circumstances and behavior of the defendant and not solely upon other factors set forth in the statute. People v. Rosen, 201 Mich.App. 621 (1993). The Michigan Court of Appeals has interpreted the statute as establishing a balancing test between a defendant’s “circumstances and behavior” subsequent to the conviction and the “public welfare.” People v. Boulding, 160 Mich.App 156 (1986).
The expungement statute should be liberally construed in favor of its remedial policy. People v. Van Heck, 252 Mich.App. 207 (2002), People v. Miller, 78 Mich.App. 336, (1977) (statutes that are remedial in nature should be “construed…liberally for the advancement of the remedy”).

 

There is hope even your not eligible for an expungement.

 

What if you have more than one conviction or a conviction under the Motor Vehicle Code? What if you have more than one conviction and neither is a “minor” offense? Clients who have more than one conviction or a conviction under the Motor Vehicle Code have a difficult, although sometimes not an impossible, situation. We have handled many cases for clients in this situation and we have been able to successfully clear their records.
Some form of post-conviction motion would have to be filed on one or more of the prior offenses to ether get them dismissed, reduced or in changed in some way to make the client eligible for an expungement. This process can be an uphill battle and often requires the prosecutor’s acquiescence. If you have more than one conviction or a conviction under the Motor Vehicle Code and you want to see if there is any way for you to have a shot at a clear record, please do not hesitate to call our Expungement Defense Team at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation. If there is a way to help you, we will find it.

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At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we believe that an error in judgment should not define your future and does not define you as a person. If you want a chance at a fresh start, please call us at (248) 263-6800 or fill out a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.

 

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780.621 Application for order setting aside conviction; misdemeanor conviction; setting aside of certain convictions prohibited; victim of human trafficking violation; time and contents of application; submitting application and fingerprints to department of state police; report; application fee; contest of application by attorney general or prosecuting attorney; notice to victim; affidavits and proofs; court order; definitions.

Sec. 1.

(1) Except as provided in this section, a person who is convicted of not more than 1 offense may file an application with the convicting court for the entry of an order setting aside 1 or more convictions as follows:

(a) A person who is convicted of not more than 1 felony offense and not more than 2 misdemeanor offenses may petition the convicting court to set aside the felony offense.
(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), a person who is convicted of not more than 2 misdemeanor offenses and no other felony or misdemeanor offenses may petition the convicting court or the convicting courts to set aside 1 or both of the misdemeanor convictions.
(c) A person who is convicted of a violation or an attempted violation of section 520e of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.520e, before the effective date of the amendatory act that added this subdivision, may petition the convicting court to set aside the conviction if the individual has not been convicted of another offense other than not more than 2 minor offenses. As used in this subdivision, “minor offense” means a misdemeanor or ordinance violation to which all of the following apply:

(i) The maximum permissible term of imprisonment does not exceed 90 days.
(ii) The maximum permissible fine is not more than $1,000.00.
(iii) The person who committed the offense is not more than 21 years old.

(2) A conviction that was deferred and dismissed under any of the following, whether a misdemeanor or a felony, shall be considered a misdemeanor conviction under subsection (1) for purposes of determining whether a person is eligible to have any conviction set aside under this act:

(a) Section 703 of the Michigan liquor control code of 1998, 1998 PA 58, MCL 436.1703.
(b) Section 1070(1)(b)(i) or 1209 of the revised judicature act of 1961, 1961 PA 236, MCL 600.1070 and 600.1209.
(c) Section 13 of chapter II or section 4a of chapter IX of the code of criminal procedure, 1927 PA 175, MCL 762.13 and 769.4a.
(d) Section 7411 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.7411.
(e) Section 350a or 430 of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.350a and 750.430.
(f) Any other law or laws of this state or of a political subdivision of this state similar in nature and applicability to those listed in this subsection that provide for the deferral and dismissal of a felony or misdemeanor charge.

(3) A person shall not apply to have set aside, and a judge shall not set aside, a conviction for any of the following:

(a) A felony for which the maximum punishment is life imprisonment or an attempt to commit a felony for which the maximum punishment is life imprisonment.
(b) A violation or attempted violation of section 136b(3), 136(d)(1)(B) or (C), 145c, 145d, 520c, 520d, or 520g of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.136b, 750.136d, 750.145c, 750.145d, 750.520c, 750.520d, and 750.520g.
(c) A violation or attempted violation of section 520e of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.520e, if the conviction occurred after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this subdivision.
(d) A traffic offense, including, but not limited to, a conviction for operating while intoxicated.
(e) A felony conviction for domestic violence, if the person has a previous misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence.
(f) A violation of chapter LXVIIA or chapter LXXXIII-A of the Michigan penal code, 1938 PA 321, MCL 750.462a to 750.462j and 750.543a to 750.543z.

(4) A person who is convicted of a violation of section 448, 449, or 450 of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.448, 750.449, and 750.450, may apply to have that conviction set aside if he or she committed the offense as a direct result of his or her being a victim of a human trafficking violation.

(5) An application under subsection (1) shall only be filed 5 or more years after whichever of the following events occurs last:

(a) Imposition of the sentence for the conviction that the applicant seeks to set aside.
(b) Completion of probation imposed for the conviction that the applicant seeks to set aside.
(c) Discharge from parole imposed for the conviction that the applicant seeks to set aside.
(d) Completion of any term of imprisonment imposed for the conviction that the applicant seeks to set aside.

(6) If a petition under this act is denied by the convicting court, a person shall not file another petition concerning the same conviction or convictions with the convicting court until 3 years after the date the convicting court denies the previous petition, unless the court specifies an earlier date for filing another petition in the order denying the petition.

(7) An application under subsection (4) may be filed at any time following the date of the conviction to be set aside. A person may apply to have more than 1 conviction set aside under subsection (4).

(8) An application under this section is invalid unless it contains the following information and is signed under oath by the person whose conviction is or convictions are to be set aside:

(a) The full name and current address of the applicant.
(b) A certified record of each conviction that is to be set aside.
(c) For an application under subsection (1), a statement that the applicant has not been convicted of an offense other than the conviction or convictions sought to be set aside as a result of this application and any nondisqualifying misdemeanor convictions described in subsection (1)(a).
(d) A statement listing all actions enumerated in subsection (2) that were initiated against the applicant and have been dismissed.
(e) A statement as to whether the applicant has previously filed an application to set aside this or other conviction and, if so, the disposition of the application.
(f) A statement as to whether the applicant has any other criminal charge pending against him or her in any court in the United States or in any other country.
(g) If the person is seeking to have 1 or more convictions set aside under subsection (4), a statement that he or she meets the criteria set forth in subsection (4), together with a statement of the facts supporting his or her contention that the conviction was a direct result of his or her being a victim of human trafficking.
(h) A consent to the use of the nonpublic record created under section 3 to the extent authorized by section 3.

(9) The applicant shall submit a copy of the application and 1 complete set of fingerprints to the department of state police. The department of state police shall compare those fingerprints with the records of the department, including the nonpublic record created under section 3, and shall forward an electronic copy of a complete set of fingerprints to the federal bureau of investigation for a comparison with the records available to that agency. The department of state police shall report to the court in which the application is filed the information contained in the department’s records with respect to any pending charges against the applicant, any record of conviction of the applicant, and the setting aside of any conviction of the applicant and shall report to the court any similar information obtained from the federal bureau of investigation. The court shall not act upon the application until the department of state police reports the information required by this subsection to the court.

(10) The copy of the application submitted to the department of state police under subsection (9) shall be accompanied by a fee of $50.00 payable to the state of Michigan that shall be used by the department of state police to defray the expenses incurred in processing the application.

(11) A copy of the application shall be served upon the attorney general and upon the office of each prosecuting attorney who prosecuted the crime or crimes the applicant seeks to set aside, and an opportunity shall be given to the attorney general and to the prosecuting attorney to contest the application. If a conviction was for an assaultive crime or a serious misdemeanor, the prosecuting attorney shall notify the victim of the assaultive crime or serious misdemeanor of the application under section 22a or 77a of the William Van Regenmorter crime victim’s rights act, 1985 PA 87, MCL 780.772a and 780.827a. The notice shall be by first-class mail to the victim’s last known address. The victim has the right to appear at any proceeding under this act concerning that conviction and to make a written or oral statement.

(12) For an application under subsection (1), upon the hearing of the application the court may require the filing of affidavits and the taking of proofs as it considers proper.

(13) For an application under subsection (4), if the applicant proves to the court by a preponderance of the evidence that the conviction was a direct result of his or her being a victim of human trafficking, the court may, subject to the requirements of subsection (14), enter an order setting aside the conviction.

(14) If the court determines that the circumstances and behavior of an applicant under subsection (1) or (4), from the date of the applicant’s conviction or convictions to the filing of the application warrant setting aside the conviction or convictions, and that setting aside the conviction or convictions is consistent with the public welfare, the court may enter an order setting aside the conviction or convictions.

(15) The setting aside of a conviction or convictions under this act is a privilege and conditional and is not a right.

(16) As used in this section:

(a) “Assaultive crime” means that term as defined in section 9a of chapter X of the code of criminal procedure, 1927 PA 175, MCL 770.9a.
(b) “Domestic violence” means that term as defined in section 1 of 1978 PA 389, MCL 400.1501.
(c) “Felony” means either of the following, as applicable:

(i) For purposes of the offense to be set aside, felony means a violation of a penal law of this state that is punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year or that is designated by law to be a felony.
(ii) For purposes of identifying a prior offense, felony means a violation of a penal law of this state, of another state, or of the United States that is punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year or is designated by law to be a felony.

(d) “Human trafficking violation” means a violation of chapter LXVIIA of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.462a to 750.462h.
(e) “Indian tribe” means an Indian tribe, Indian band, or Alaskan native village that is recognized by federal law or formally acknowledged by a state.
(f) “Misdemeanor” means a violation of any of the following:

(i) A penal law of this state, another state, an Indian tribe, or the United States that is not a felony.
(ii) An order, rule, or regulation of a state agency that is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine that is not a civil fine, or both.
(iii) A local ordinance of a political subdivision of this state substantially corresponding to a crime listed in subparagraph (i) or (ii) that is not a felony.
(iv) A violation of the law of another state or political subdivision of another state substantially corresponding to a crime listed under subparagraph (i) or (ii) that is not a felony.
(v) A violation of the law of the United States substantially corresponding to a crime listed under subparagraph (i) or (ii) that is not a felony.

(g) “Operating while intoxicated” means a violation of any of the following:

(i) Section 625 or 625m of the Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.625 and 257.625m.
(ii) A local ordinance substantially corresponding to a violation listed in subparagraph (i).
(iii) A law of an Indian tribe substantially corresponding to a violation listed in subparagraph (i).
(iv) A law of another state substantially corresponding to a violation listed in subparagraph (i).
(v) A law of the United States substantially corresponding to a violation listed in subparagraph (i).
(h) “Serious misdemeanor” means that term as defined in section 61 of the William Van Regenmorter crime victim’s rights act, 1985 PA 87, MCL 780.811.
(i) “Victim” means that term as defined in sections 2, 31, and 61 of the William Van Regenmorter crime victim’s rights act, 1985 PA 87, MCL 780.752, 780.781, and 780.811.