Welcome back and thanks for joining us again. In the previous article on having your criminal record expunged in Michigan, we talked about why the process can be challenging, and how some crimes simply aren’t eligible for expungement. However, Michigan isn’t at the forefront of the race to erase criminal records and better people’s lives. That honor belongs to the state of Pennsylvania…
Pennsylvania has started sealing more than 30 million criminal records!
Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Act, which was signed into law last year, was the first of its kind in the U.S. The Keystone State recently started automatically sealing eligible criminal records that would otherwise have affected people’s chances for employment, education, and housing. These changes will give countless people a second chance at life without the hindrance of “having a record”, while simultaneously cutting costs for the state government by eliminating a lot of red tape.
Other states are now considering similar laws…
The proposed changes were so encouraging, that Utah was inspired to consider similar laws. Just a few months later Utah passed their own version of the Clean Slate law, and since then lawmakers in several other states have begun crafting similar bills, including Arkansas and California. There’s even movement at a federal level, which indicates an interest in offering clean slate options to people convicted of certain federal crimes.
So don’t give up hope – Michigan may still get on board!
There may not be a clean slate option in progress for Michigan at this time, but you do have other options. And while we understand that seeking an expungement can be time consuming and somewhat costly, the benefits can be enormous! Being able to tell a prospective employer that you don’t have a criminal record can have a huge impact on whether or not you’re likely to get the job. You may also become eligible for student loans and financial assistance with housing that wasn’t available to you before. Our attorneys at The Kronzek Firm has seen wonderful things happen after our client’s criminal record was expunged.
If a record is holding you back, come and talk to us about it.
If you’ve got a criminal record in Michigan, and your life is being negatively impacted bu it, we encourage you to download our expungement information form. After you fill it out and submit it with $90, we’ll be able to determine whether or not you’re eligible for a petition for expungement in Michigan. From there, you can hire us to help you throughout the process and make sure your paperwork is always correct, you’ve got the documentation you need, and that everything is filed correctly with the correct court. It might seem like a lot, but it’s one of the best investments in your future you could possibly make!