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I have 4 convictions on my record 1 felony B and E 1 felony…

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I have 4 convictions on my record 1 felony B and E 1 felony larceny from a building 1 misdemeanor posession of controlled substance 1 misdemeanor traffic. The first was when I was 17 (28 yrs ago) the others before I turned 21. Is there any chance I can have those sealed or expunged in Michigan
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I am sorry for your situation. The answer is that there is a possibility, but it is not a "right" but a "privilege" and is up to the state.

If you have a conviction, you do not qualify for expungement at the moment under MCL 780.621 - 780.624. You can only request an expungement if there was no conviction or, if it was set aside or pardoned.

So you first have to get it pardoned. You can see the directions and the petition for a pardon here.

Once/if the state agrees to pardon you, then you may then expunge the conviction.

The state will want to see that:
-a long time has passed between then and now;
-that you have had no other issues with the criminal system;
-your good deeds for the community; and
-affidavits from community leaders on your behalf.

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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

Thank you for the information. If I could afford it I would continue this conversation.Only recently these issues have become a problem since I had been self-employed for the past 20 years as a drywall subcontractor. when the housing market crashed i went to school and received an Associates degree. When I started to look for a job every lead was a dead end due to my criminal background. Thanks for your help, I am going to do everything I can to clear up my record and hopefully find gainful employment

You are very welcome. Please note that you can ask follow ups to the matter for free of charge. So come back to this thread at any time as needed.
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Customer reply replied 5 years ago


I also had a DUI in Wisconsin about 4 years ago. Should I mention that or not since my only real concern is the convictions in Michigan?

Hello James,

I am afraid you have to, because they will check your record anyhow against NCIC during the consideration, which will have the Wisconsin record on it. I am sorry.
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Customer reply replied 5 years ago


In your opinion would how much would that affect my chances.

Honestly? It may. They will want to see a clean record with no convictions for at least 5 years, sometimes 10. So you may wish to wait another year before filing... or file now and take your chances, of course. You may always refile later if denied now.

I am sorry, I am being honest.
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Customer reply replied 5 years ago


I found out that my offense in Wisconsin was a first offense OWI. It has been over 5 years and has been removed. Would I STILL need to admit that in my pardon?

Hello friend,

Yes, because they would see it anyhow on NCIC, I am afraid. While the record is removed, it is still accessible by law enforcement and government agencies.
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