This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bipartisan bill package reforming the state’s criminal expungement laws. Under the new laws, a person can have a marijuana offense set aside if it would not have been a crime if committed after December 6, 2018 when recreational marijuana use by adults became legal in Michigan. Additionally, it creates an automatic process for setting aside eligible misdemeanors after seven years and eligible non-assaultive felonies after 10 years. The number of types of felonies and misdemeanors eligible to be set aside by application is also expanded. The changes expand the expungement eligibility for various traffic offenses, revises the waiting periods before being eligible to apply, plus several other changes.
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