Clean Slate Pilot Program
New expungement legislation in Michigan takes effect this year, significantly increasing the number of individuals who are now eligible to have their criminal convictions removed from public records.
You may qualify for free expungement assistance through Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! Clean Slate Program.
For persons who have criminal records, expungement opens the door to better jobs, better housing, and educational opportunities – a better quality of life.
Specific documentation about your felony or misdemeanor will be reviewed and, if it meets the eligibility criteria, the Macomb County Clean Slate Program will help you expunge your record. The first step is to complete a Request for Expungement Services form.
Up to three felonies and an unlimited number of misdemeanors, with certain conditions on the types of offenses that qualify:
- No more than two assaultive crimes may be expunged
- No more than one felony conviction for the same offense if the offense is punishable by more than 10 years imprisonment
The waiting period to apply after a person’s monitoring by the justice system ends (i.e. sentencing, probation, release from incarceration, parole, whichever occurred last) if they remain conviction-free. The waiting period will be:
- Three years for misdemeanors
- Five years for serious misdemeanors or one felony
- Seven years for multiple felonies
Most traffic offenses will be eligible for expungement. This excludes convictions for:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Traffic offenses that cause injury or death
- Commercial Driver License (CDL) violations
Misdemeanor marijuana possession and use that would not have been considered crimes after recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan. Judges must grant expungements if prosecutors don’t object.
Multiple felonies or misdemeanors arising from the same 24-hour period are treated as one conviction for the purposes of expungement.
- None of the offenses can be assaultive, involve the use or possession of a dangerous weapon
- None of the offenses can carry a maximum penalty of 10 or more years in prison
Convictions that cannot be expunged from a criminal record include:
- Felonies that carry a maximum punishment of life in prison
- Attempt to commit a felony for which the maximum punishment is life
- Felony domestic violence (if the person had a previous domestic violence misdemeanor)
- Child abuse
- Most criminal sexual conduct offenses
- DUIs and traffic offenses causing injury or death
This is a statewide program and applicants should apply in their county of residence.
After you complete the online application, please allow up to 3 business days for a Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! Clean Slate Pilot Program representative to contact you with more information on your eligibility and/or next steps. We appreciate your patience as we review the requests in the order they were received.