Michigan law has long provided that those convicted of most state criminal offenses (e.g. other than offenses like murder, first-degree criminal sexual conduct or traffic offenses like drunk driving) can, under certain circumstances and, if certain preconditions are met, have those convictions expunged or “set aside” so that only a non-public record—available to law enforcement—remained in the public domain where employers and others could find them.
Big changes are coming to these laws, however in 2021 and beyond to expand the types and numbers of offenses that can be expunged and, eventually, to provide for the “automatic” expungement of certain convictions without the need for anyone to affirmatively petition or apply to the convicting court for such an action.
The new expungement laws are being phased in over time.
Applications to expunge "misdemeanor marijuana convictions" can be filed beginning April 11, 2021.
The changes to the numbers/types of convictions that can be set aside are going into effect on April 11, 2021.
Applications to set aside first-time operating while impaired offenses can be filed beginning February 19, 2022.
The "automatic" expungement law is going into effect likely no earlier than 2023.