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Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court, University of Detroit Mercy Law School, and the Advocacy Resource Center are hosting an expungement informational session and clinic via Zoom for tribal members wanting to learn how to remove state convictions from their criminal records. Volunteer law students and attorneys will be on-hand during the clinic to assist tribal members in applying for expungement in Michigan state courts.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 6 p.m., the Law School will host a virtual information session for those interested in learning more about expungement eligibility. Tribal members can then register for a scheduled appointment during the virtual clinic on Thursday, June 23. At the expungement clinic, pre-registered tribal members can take steps to start the legal process of expungement, including obtaining copies of their criminal record, having fingerprints taken, completing paperwork and scheduling court dates. Although both the informational session and clinic are virtual, any Tribal member is welcome to come to Tribal Court to attend, if preferred.

The State of Michigan's "Clean Slate" legislation, a package of bills signed into law in 2020, expanded eligibility for the types of convictions that can be expunged and cut down on waiting periods for people interested in applying to have their convictions expunged.

Expungement, in Michigan, seals records of past convictions from the public record, meaning the convictions no longer appear in background checks for employment or rental housing. Having a conviction expunged allows applicants for a job or housing to legally state on applications that they have never been convicted of the expunged crime. Records of expunged convictions remain available to law enforcement.

Crimes that are not eligible for expungement include crimes punishable by a life sentence, criminal sexual conduct, domestic violence, and traffic violations that caused a death or serious injury.

Zoom Link for INFORMATION SESSION: Michigan Expungement Law Information Session - this will be recorded

Time: June 15, 2022, 6 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
REGISTRATION FORM FOR CLINIC- June 23, 2022, 3-7 p.m.

REGISTRATION CLOSES June 22, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Please call Advocacy Resource Center for more information at 906‑632‑1808.

Expungement Clinic Flyer

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