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Michigan’s Clean Slate Law: Automatic Criminal Expungement

Michigan’s Clean Slate legislation allows individuals to have prior convictions set aside.  A process to automatically set aside certain convictions is included in the legislation. The Michigan State Police will now search the Criminal History Record database daily. The new procedure started April 11, 2023.  Eligible convictions will be automatically set aside and every court in the state will be notified on a daily basis.

The criteria for automatic expungement is as follows:

  • Misdemeanors punishable by less than 92 days and imprisonment after 7 years
  • Misdemeanors punishable by 93 days or more and imprisonment after 7 years
  • Felonies after 10 years

Safe & Justice Michigan, a nonprofit criminal justice advocacy group, recommends running a $10 criminal background check on yourself through the Michigan State Police’s ICHAT service.

Assaultive crimes, serious misdemeanors, and offenses punishable by 10 or more years in prison are not eligible for automatic expungement.

Find more information at https://www.michigan.gov/msp/services/chr/conviction-set-aside-public-information/michigan-clean-slate

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