State of Michigan Releases Framework for Clean Slate Law

(Last Updated On: April 5, 2023)


In 2020, the State of Michigan passed a law that allows for the automatic expungement of certain criminal records. Recently, the Michigan Attorneys General office has released a framework for an automated system to expunge convictions without the necessity of filing an application:

  • Up to two (2) felony convictions will automatically be expunged the later of 10 years after sentencing or the persons release from custody.
  • Up to four (4) misdemeanors will automatically be expunged 7 years after sentencing.

The following convictions are not going to be eligible for automatic expungement:

Assaultive offenses

Serious misdemeanors

Offense punishable by more than 10 years prison

Convictions involving a minor, a vulnerable adult, injury or serious impairment of a person, death of a person

Convictions that involve human trafficking

Any conviction that cannot be expunged under MCL 780.621c

This law may require a review of the hiring process in place. Justifacts recommends that you consult with your legal department to determine what changes, if any, need to be made to your hiring process.


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