Expunging/Setting Aside Juvenile Adjudication Records in Michigan
UPDATED: March 10, 2020
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You must file a petition to have a juvenile adjudication record expunged. From here on, the terms "expunge" and "set aside" will be used interchangeably. In Michigan, both terms refer to the same legal remedy: removing your criminal conviction from the public record kept by the Michigan State Police, so that no one other than certain, specifically allowed agencies may pull up the conviction during a criminal record check.
Eligibility: Certain types of crimes are disqualified from expungement, even for juvenile adjudications. If any of the following situations apply, you may not apply for expungement of your juvenile adjudication record:
- You committed an offense that if committed by an adult would be punishable by a life imprisonment term.
- You committed one of the juvenile violations defined in MCL 712A.2d(9), including assault with intent to commit murder, armed assault with intent to rob and steal, burning a dwelling house, etc.
- You violated a traffic law (or similar local ordinance involving operating a vehicle) that at the time of the violation was a felony or misdemeanor.
- You have more than one conviction, whether as a juvenile or an adult.
- You are not yet 24 years old.
- 5 years have not passed from:
a. the date judgment was imposed in your case, if you weren't detained or imprisoned; or
b. if you were detained, from the date you were released from detention.
You should consider hiring a criminal lawyer to assist you through this process. Many will give free initial consultations.
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