Clinic on expunging criminal records offered at Southfield Library

Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc. (LAD), in cooperation with City of Southfield Human Services, will conduct a free clinic on expungement of criminal records for residents of Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at noon in the auditorium of Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register or obtain further information, call Rhonda Terry at 248-796-4542.

Michigan allows for expungement, or removal from the public record, of records of single criminal convictions after five years, according to LAD's legal rights handbook for former offenders.

"Expungement, or setting aside a conviction, allows a person to move forward with [his or her] life without the baggage of a prior conviction or having to disclose a criminal record," the handbook says.

Not all convictions can be expunged, however, including those for crimes that carry possible life sentences and traffic convictions such as drunk driving, or where there is lifetime probation, the handbook notes.

Published: Thu, Oct 09, 2014

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