The application process for getting a criminal record sealed in Michigan can be rigorous. The process requires a lot of paperwork and additional fees. In order to get your record expunged, you must first be eligible to start the process. Generally, if you have one felony or two misdemeanor offenses, you can apply for expungement five years after completing jail time. Those with up to two misdemeanors and no other offenses are eligible to have both expunged.
How Felonies Can Affect Your Life
Misdemeanors and felonies are charges for criminal offenses that are punishable by imprisonment. Whether you confess, plead guilty, or a court convicts you of a felony, the conviction follows you for the rest of your life. Having a felony charge will prevent you from working in certain employment aspects due to your criminal history. If someone you know is convicted of a sexual crime, they must register as a sex offender, provide a DNA sample, and update their address whenever they relocate. If you are convicted of a felony, you lose the right to many privileges such as the right to own or carry a gun, serve on a jury, run for office, or even vote. You may seek restoration of these rights if you are successful in having your criminal record expunged.
Lawyers at Gentry Nalley, PLLC
If you or someone you love is struggling with felony charges in Howell, MI, Brighton, MI, Flint, MI, or the surrounding areas, our skilled criminal defense lawyers, Jules N. Fiani, Of Counsel, and Heather KS Nalley are here to help. They have over fifty years of combined professional experience to guide you through every step of the criminal process and ensure that your rights are protected. We understand that everyone and every case is different and will tailor a defense strategy specifically for you. Call us at (517) 522-4092 or contact us on our website so we can help you through this difficult experience.