An expungement is a removal of a past criminal conviction on record. Once you do the crime, you do the time, but what happens once the time is up, and what is the significance of clearing a conviction from your record?
According to a November 2010 study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research titled "Ex-offenders and the Labor Market," ex-felons made up 6.6 to 7.4% of the total working-age population, or about 1 in 15 working-age adults. However, the report found that a felony conviction or imprisonment significantly reduced the ability of ex-offenders to find jobs.
Further, it could degrade a worker's "human capital," including formal education, work experience and social skills, and could also lead to loss of social support networks that could otherwise help ex-offenders find jobs.*
More recently, in April 2016, the White House released a report titled "Economic Perspective on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System," finding that having a criminal record can directly affect housing security after release. While the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) does not have a blanket prohibition of individuals with criminal records residing in public housing, each local Public Housing Authority (PHA) has the latitude to set its own criminal record policies. Furthermore, although restrictions vary by locality, PHA is almost always more strict than Federal guidelines, often barring individuals with criminal records from obtaining housing assistance. As a result, individuals with limited resources and few housing options may be denied public housing assistance for low-level nonviolent offenses, and in some cases, housing restrictions for individuals with criminal records can ultimately lead to homelessness. **
Don't trust the statistics? Look no further than firsthand experience. Real life examples of individuals who were denied opportunities include a full time student and mother of five, who was hired for a full time job with full benefits, only for the offer to be canceled once a background check revealed the felony conviction, which was over 15 years old. In another example, a retired senior citizen with a master's degree in social work, collecting a fixed income from social security, was repeatedly denied housing due to the 30 year old, nonviolent felony conviction on her record. How is this known? Tina successfully cleared these felony convictions.
Lastly, the Michigan Legislature recently expanded the law to include additional offenses eligible for expungement, opening the door for many to clear their records of convictions that were previously ineligible. With the wave of criminal justice reform sweeping the nation, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the momentum and clear past criminal convictions. Don't allow past mistakes to keep you from moving forward. Control your circumstances and dictate your destiny. Contact TMP Law to clear your record and obtain a clean slate in life today.