The laws regarding the setting aside (expungement) of convictions can be complicated. Either felony or misdemeanor convictions may be set aside depending on the extent of your criminal record. Even if your conviction was deferred or dismissed by statute, it may still be considered a part of your criminal record and it may still result in unwanted consequences. With a few exceptions, if you have a criminal conviction you may be eligible for expungement. If your conviction is allowed to be expunged, you still must wait at least 5 years after completion of your sentence to apply for expungement. There are many requirements for applying for expungement, so it is important that you speak to a qualified attorney about your eligibility and how to get the process started. Call me at (517) 548-7400 if you would like to find out whether you are eligible to have a prior conviction expunged from your criminal record. I can help!


William J. Livingston is an attorney with the law firm of Matecun, Thomas & Olson, PLC in Howell.  He answers readers’ questions on legal matters affecting individuals, their families and their businesses.  Email questions to [email protected], or if your question is urgent, call (517) 548-7400.  The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.

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