How much does an expungement of a felony for drugs and a weapon cost? 7 Answers as of June 09, 2011

My fiancé was charged withOffense: Controlled Substance-Del/Manuf-Narc/Coc 50-449 Offense: Weapons - Firearms - Possession by a felon He served approx. 6 years, is there any way that this can be expunged I would appreciate any information . Thank you kindly.

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Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
In general, an expungement is only available for one misdemeanor or one felony. If jail time is served, then the expungement cannot be requested until 5 years after the jail release. If there are several counts, as you describe, then expungement is not available. Expungement applies to only one offense, and numerous counts are viewed as separate offenses, making expungement unavailable. You question has to do with cost, however, expungement is likely not available for a person convicted of several offenses.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/9/2011
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
My first advice would be to obtain an attorney to assist you with this matter. Expunging a crime in Michigan is complicated. This response does not contain specific legal advice. If you need specific legal advice for your own circumstances, I recommend consulting with an attorney experienced with these types of matters. Most attorneys provide free initial consultations. Speaking in general terms, there are several significant obstacles to getting offenses expunged in Michigan. Expunging a criminal charge is great way of clearing up past mistakes. However, there are a series of obstacles. First, an applicant must only have one, single, count or charge, whether it's a misdemeanor or felony. If a person has more than one conviction on their record, whether it was multiple counts from the original case, or separate convictions, they are not eligible. Second, certain offenses cannot be expunged. Traffic offenses for example, even something as simple as driving on a suspended license, a lot of high level or capital felonies, and other offenses as listed in the applicable statutes, cannot be expunged. It depends on which offense is currently on the person's record. Additionally, even if a person only had one offense, if they had issues with probation, i.e., probation violations or other infractions while serving their sentence, that may be obstacle as well. There is also a time limitation. Any effort to expunge an offense cannot commence until five years after the date of conviction. Lastly, expunging an offense from a criminal record takes time, requires a lot of paperwork, carries some notable costs, and eventually, applicants need to appear before a judge and convince the judge that they are worthy of having the offense expunged in order to complete the process. Please consult with and retain a criminal defense attorney, preferably an experienced one who has handled these matters, to assist you with the process. Most attorneys offer a free initial consultation.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/8/2011
Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
To be eligible for an expungement you can only have one charge of any kind on your record. If you have more than one charge, you cannot get an expungement. A lot of times there will be multiple charges from the same factual event. Expungements cannot be granted for offenses with a potential life sentence or felony criminal sexual conduct. Five years must have passed since either the date of sentencing or the release from jail. Contact an attorney that does expungements if you need additional information or to evaluate your case.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/8/2011
Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
Generally, an expungement can be only for one conviction. Without knowing how these convictions came about, specific advise as to whether they can be expunged is difficult. The cost of legal representation is generally derived from how complicated the matter is and how much time will be needed to complete the matter. Again, as estimate is not possible as there is not enough information.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/8/2011
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
In Michigan you can get a conviction expunged only if there is one conviction. According to what you have written there are two. One is for drugs and the other for a weapon. He is ineligible under the expungement statute.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/7/2011
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