Michigan Drunk Driving Expungement Attorney
According to the story below, first time drunk drivers may be eligible to have their conviction expunged under a new law. If this happens, it opens the door for hundreds of thousands of people to potentially clean their record and have a fresh start in life. Because the demand for expungements will be at an all-time high, I have created a contact form to fill out in order to get the process started on your case.
If the law passes, I will follow-up with you so we can discuss your options. Like all of my clients, we will take a comprehensive approach to this potential expungement. Simply submitting the forms is not enough. I am putting together a dynamic approach to help clients clean their DUI's off their records and I look forward to helping you.
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When a sweeping bill package reforming the state’s criminal records expungement process was signed into law earlier this year, the number of convictions eligible to be wiped from public record expanded exponentially — but drunk driving offenses weren’t part of it.
That could change under legislation that passed the Michigan Senate this week.
Senate Bill 1254, sponsored by Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, would amend the state’s current prohibition on expunging operating while intoxicated convictions involving alcohol to let people apply to set aside a first-time offense starting in April 2021. It passed the Senate 29-7 in a Wednesday vote.
First-time DUI and OWI offenses would not be eligible for automatic expungement under the legislation, a key provision in the expungement reform package signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in October. Under the new law, the waiting period for people to apply for expungement would range from three to seven years depending on what type of and how many convictions a person has.
Essentially, an expungement of a person’s criminal records seals them from public view — meaning the conviction would no longer show up in a background check, but could be accessed by law enforcement officials should a person commit future crimes.
Expanding the number of criminal records eligible for expungement and making it easier for people to clear old criminal records earned broad bipartisan support in the legislature, but McBroom, Attorney General Dana Nessel and others questioned why the package excluded first-time drunk driving offenses when for many people, it’s an error in judgment.
“We’re saying you’re a leper if you’ve got a DUI from alcohol, but everything else we can forgive,” McBroom said in October on the Senate floor when explaining his reasoning for voting against the initial package.
Rep. Graham Filler, R-DeWitt — a key player in shepherding the initial expungement package through the legislature — has said he was concerned adding first-time operating while intoxicated offenses to the initial expungement package could have put the bipartisan agreement at risk.
McBroom’s bill would also need to pass the House before the end of the current legislative session and be signed by Whitmer to become law. After canceling session this week following a staffer’s positive COVID-19 test, the House has three scheduled session dates left in the year.
DUI Attorney & Former Prosecutor Jonathan Paul