You or someone you know may have an old criminal conviction that you want to clear from your record. Here is key information you should know:

  1. It must be 5 years from the date of completion of your sentence of jail, prison, probation, or parole. 
  2. It must be only one felony conviction or two misdemeanors. This change is new as of January 2015. Previously, a person was not allowed to have two misdemeanor convictions (It had to be one conviction and one conviction only.) In very limited circumstances, it can be a single felony with two previous misdemeanors.
  3. There are certain offenses you may NOT clear off your record even if it is your only conviction. For example:  felonies punishable by life in prison, certain sexual assault offenses, drunk driving, certain child abuse and domestic violence offenses, human trafficking, terrorism, etc.
  4. You file the motion for expungement in the court of your conviction. 
  5. You will need to get a certified copy of your conviction (e.g., judgment of sentence, order of probation, or docket of court entries from the court, etc.). 
  6. Expungement of a conviction is the court’s process for setting aside a criminal conviction and allows a person searching for employment and other opportunities to represent that you have not been convicted of a crime. 
  7. If successful in your motion to set aside your conviction, the arrest record and record of your court proceeding will not be cleared from the system

Check out more details of the law as it is written:  expungement statute.  Also for your information, type in “set aside conviction” in the search box at the State of Michigan court forms webpage to locate the forms you may need:  Michigan Self Help Center - Free Court Forms. Blessings as you explore yet another opportunity to see God's grace at work.