It helps if you can testify that that you haven’t been involved in criminal activity since your conviction and that you want your record clean for some specific reason, like getting a professional license.Law enforcement officials and the victims of your crime may testify at the hearing to support your application or to object to it.
The easiest way to find out if you qualify is to use our Do-It-Yourself Expungement (Adult Conviction).If your conviction is set aside, most employers will not be able to see it with a background check.The Michigan State Police will still keep a nonpublic record of a conviction that has been set aside.You can find detailed instructions in the Setting Aside an Adult Conviction Toolkit.Once you’ve applied, you will have to attend a hearing where you explain to a judge why your conviction should be set aside.Even if you meet all the requirements, you will still have to appear before a judge who decides whether to set aside your conviction– it is not automatic.
To have a conviction set aside in Michigan, typically you must have only one conviction on your record. If you have only one felony conviction, and two or less misdemeanors, you can ask a judge to set aside your felony conviction.
Setting aside a conviction is the process that clears your public criminal record.
This is sometimes called an “expungement.” In Michigan, there is one process to set aside a conviction on your adult record and a different process to set aside a juvenile conviction, called an adjudication.
You may want to have a conviction set aside if you are looking for a new job or a professional license.
Many employers and licensing boards will hold a conviction against you or use it to disqualify you.
However, a judge can allow you to apply sooner than the three year period.