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  • Hello, I would like to know how long will it take to expunge a criminal record?

    By Michigan laws

    Scott’s Answer

    In Michigan, you can expunge (also known as setting aside) your criminal conviction after 5 years from the date you are finished with probation, sentencing, or incarceration whichever is later.

    You may expunge a felony if you have no more than two misdemeanors. You may expunge up to two misdemeanors if you have nothing else on your record.

    Additionally, you may not expunge certain offenses including any traffic related offenses (including OWI/OWVI, driving on suspended, etc). It is important to note that driving on suspended is considered a misdemeanor for purposes of expungement. Also it is important to note that offenses that were dismissed under 769.4a, HYTA or other statutes ARE considered convictions for purposes of determining eligibility for expungement.

    Note that this is the law as of beginning of 2015. The old law before that was much different.

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  • How much time can i get if i violate probation

    Felony intent - preparations arson i took a plea na aa anger mangerment. 15 days work force and community service for cost and fines i did everything but community service when the max time is 10 years go to court and lose 15 when im on 3 year pro...

    Scott’s Answer

    Much depends on your specific judge and your guidelines. Guidelines are derived based on past criminal conviction and other factors.

    What is clear is that you need a criminal defense attorney at once!

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  • Do I need an attorney to contest a public intoxication charge in court

    there is a strong case for non culpability and police misconduct

    Scott’s Answer

    You absolutely need an attorney! Have you ever heard the saying a defendant who represents himself defendant has a fool for a client.

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  • My boyfriend was just charged with owi child endangerment 3 counts what will his sentencing look like

    im not sure what to put here

    Scott’s Answer

    Sentencing varies and depends very much on his plea, his specific judge and other factors not mentioned here.

    The best thing you can do for him is to get the best attorney you can afford. AVVO is a great place to look.

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  • Circuit court arraignment help ?

    My case was bound over to circuit court and i have an arraignment on the information. I was wondering what exactly happens at this arraignment ? And what happens if i plead guilty ? And what happens if i plead non guilty ? And if i get a pre-trial...

    Scott’s Answer

    Arraignment on the information is similar to your first arraignment, only it exists as your first court date at the circuit court level, once your case got bound over. You may plead not guilty at the arraignment, waive reading of the information and get blind drawn to a random judge. Some people choose to accept plea agreements at this stage prior to a blind draw. They may do this if the arraignment judge is better towards defendants than the possibilities of who a defendant can get blind drawn to.

    I can't answer to results of a plea to of your charge because I have no idea what the specifics are of your case. Contact a lawyer asap.

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  • How much time period is required to file for a misdemeanor expungement?

    I was arrested for a misdemeanor in April 2013,no jail, no community services. Have nothing in criminal record except this one in my background.when can I apply for expungement , if any one could plz give an idea about how much $ amount will be in...

    Scott’s Answer

    Generally speaking, you need to wait 5 years from the day you were discharged from probation, sentenced, discharged from incarceration whichever one is LATER.

    You are only eligible to get it expunged if the misdemeanor is an expungable offense (no traffic related things such as OWIs, or driving on suspended).

    You also can only expunge a misdemeanor if you have no more than one other misdemeanor offense.

    You can expunge a felony with up to two misdemeanor offenses. Remember driving on suspended licenses are considered misdemeanor offenses.

    If you are not sure what is on your record you can pull your official copy at

    If you want to clear your public record from criminal databases that are not official, you can do so (more information on that can be found at ) .

    Note that only setting aside a conviction actually removes it from the record. Using the above link just may hide it from non official public databases.

    As for attorney cost, every attorney charges a different fee. You need to find an attorney you are comfortable with.

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  • Can any good come from talking with a detective who contacted me for questioning. I am truly innocent, and can't believe this.

    My grandfather was on hospice and other members of my family we're taking prescription medication. I went to visit him the day he died, subsequently said medication came up missing. I have a criminal history, so naturally my family banned together...

    Scott’s Answer

    100% of the time, my answer is NEVER speak with the detective alone. Nothing good can come from talking to them. They will use any admission to help prove their case. Any denial will not help you because they will just assume you are lying about it.

    If you are absolutely set on speaking with them, hire an attorney and have them talk to them. This way it insulates you from incriminating yourself.

    There are plenty of 10.0 rated AVVO attorneys that focus on criminal defense that you can choose from.

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  • Could I be charged with indecent exposure or even more charges?

    I was in my apartment complex and as a part of my new medication regimen (I have PTSD) my doctor has been testing out different drugs to see which suits me. I have been taking pills that have been giving me random arousal. I was outside at the tim...

    Scott’s Answer

    I would be careful what I say on public forums about your case. You could be charged with indecent exposure or worse, depending on what the kid says.

    If asked to talk with a detective do not say anything. Call a lawyer at once.

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  • Am I elegible for an expungement

    In 2007 I got in trouble with the law and caught a drug case. I end up getting a delayed sentence and completed it a year later. Now the delayed sentence they say because I completed it, it was if I got found not guilty. Unfortunately I got a...

    Scott’s Answer

    It is hard to say based on the information you provided. The law changed earlier this year. With some exceptions, the new expungement law allows you to set aside one felony if you have up to two misdemeanors. Or you can expunge up to two misdemeanors if thats the only thing on your record. A couple of things to keep in mind:
    1. driving on suspended is a misdemeanor conviction (most people don't realize this)
    2. You must wait 5 years from the completion of probation, parole, or sentencing whichever occurred later
    3. HYTA, 7411 and other types of dismissals or delayed sentences are considered convictions under the new law (and only under the new law).

    So the answer depends on whether or not your deferred sentence was a felony or misdemeanor.

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  • My boyfriend was arrested for retail fraud 1st degree at Somerset in Troy Mi.

    He has a criminal past but has been law abiding for more than 10 years. No drugs or alcohol. He is the main income household. We have a 1 year old together and he has adopted my two older children

    Scott’s Answer

    You absolutely need an attorney familiar with Troy / Metro Detroit area district court criminal matters.

    Look for 10.0 rated AVVO attorney ASAP.

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