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Expunge Your Michigan Felony or Michigan Misdemeanor

Deciding Whether to Seek an Expungement
Before deciding if it is worthwhile to ask the court for an expungement, there are certain things you should consider. Expunging your criminal conviction does not always mean that all record of your arrest will be shielded from private view. What an expungement does do is seal the court records of your conviction, however the record of your arrest and the accompanying fingerprint card may still be open to public scrutiny. So, if you are applying for employment with a company or agency where security is going to be an issue, it may be best to inform that company or agency that you have had a criminal record expunged.

Is there any way to Get the Arrest Card and Fingerprint Card Destroyed
It used to be in Michigan that once an expungement was granted for a misdemeanor or felony, the Court would routinely order the arresting agency to destroy any record of the arrest and either return or destroy the fingerprint and arrest cards. Unfortunately, this practice was challenged by the Michigan State Police in a case titled McElroy v Michigan State Police. In that case, the State Police successfully argued that even though the criminal conviction was dismissed through some sort of diversion, the arresting agency under Michigan Law is only required to destroy the arrest records if the charges were dismissed without a plea of guilty or the accused was found not guilty. So in the case of expunging a past criminal conviction, even though the court record of that conviction, fingerprints and arrest is now on the private record, the Michigan State Police still needed to keep a private record because in many cases, you are only allowed a diversion or expungement once and if all the records were destroyed they could not do their job.

The Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC is a Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving DUI and Family Law and Divorce law firm and provides legal representation in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County and throughout Michigan including these Michigan cities:

Macomb County

Armada
Centerline
Chesterfield Twp.
Clinton
Eastpointe
Fraser
Harrison
Lenox
Macomb
Memphis
Mt. Clemens
New Baltimore
New Haven
Richmond
Romeo
Roseville
St. Clair Shores
Sterling Heights
Shelby
Utica
Warren
Washington

St. Clair County

Port Huron
Capac
Saint Clair
Algonac
Keewahdin
Marine City
Emmett
Yale

Washtenaw County

Ann Arbor
Ypsilanti
Chelsea
Saline
Manchester
Milan
Dexter

Ingham County

Lansing
East Lansing
Williamston
Webberville
Stockbridge
Meridian Township
Danville

Oakland County

Auburn Hills
Addison Twp.
Berkley
Beverly Hills
Bingham Farms
Birmingham
Bloomfield
Bloomfield Hills
Brandon Twp.
Clarkston
Clawson
Commerce
Farmington
Farmington Hills
Ferndale
Franklin
Groveland
Hazel Park
Highland
Holly
Huntington Woods
Independence
Keego Harbor
Lake Angelus
Lake Orion
Lathrup Village
Lyon Twp.
Madison Heights
Milford
Novi
Novi Township
Oak Park
Oakland Township
Orchard Lake
Orion
Ortonville
Oxford
Pleasant Ridge
Pontiac
Rochester
Rochester Hills
Royal Oak
Southfield
South Lyon
Springfield
Sylvan Lake
Troy
Walled Lake
Waterford
West Bloomfield
White Lake
Wixom
Wolverine Lake

Wayne County

Allen Park
Belleville
Brownstown
Canton
Dearborn
Dearborn Heights
Detroit
Ecorse
Flat Rock
Garden City
Gibraltar
Grosse Isle
Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe Farms
Grosse Pointe Park
Grosse Pointe Woods
Hamtramck
Highland Park
Huron
Inkster
Lincoln Park
Livonia
Melvindale
Northville
Plymouth
Redford
River Rouge
Riverview
Rockwood
Romulus
Southgate
Sumpter
Taylor
Trenton
Van Buren
Wayne
Westland
Woodhaven
Wyandotte

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