The purpose of the Great Lake Expungement Network is to help people with Michigan convictions get them expunged (set aside). The program is not avalible in all counties and you may be referred to a local organization to assist in your expungement. Having a conviction expunged means it will not be part of your public criminal record. Once a record is expunged, people applying for employment, housing and financial aid can truthfully state that the arrest and conviction never occurred. However, law enforcement, courts, and agencies such as the Michigan Department of Corrections continue to retain access to expunged records.
A volunteer will need your information to get a criminal history report using the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT). We will also be gathering participants’ information to determine expungement eligibility.
If you are eligible to have your conviction(s) expunged, volunteers will connect with you to set up fingerprinting and pull your certified court records.
Even if you are eligible to have your conviction(s) expunged, there is no guarantee that your conviction(s) will be expunged. A judge has discretion (the authority to decided) whether to grant your expungement.
If you are eligible, you may be matched with an attorney who will represent you at your hearing. It is important that you give your most accurate contact information so the attorney can contact you about your case. For quicker results, the attorney may sign the application to set aside the conviction on your behalf.
If you understand and agree to everything stated above, please complete the Terms of Agreement section below.