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Expungement has the effect of setting aside an Ingham County Circuit or Lansing District Court criminal conviction, which permits the person to honestly tell potential employers and others that the individual has not been convicted of a crime. However, even an expunged criminal record can be used for some purposes. Not all clients are eligible to have their adult convictions expunged, and not all convictions are capable of being expunged. The expungement statute permits a person convicted of not more than one felony and not more than two misdemeanors to petition the Ingham County Circuit Court to set aside the felony. A person who is convicted of not more than two misdemeanor offenses and no other felony or misdemeanor offenses may petition the convicting Ingham County Circuit Court to set aside one or both of the misdemeanor convictions. Has it been at least five years since any of the following occurred last?
You have been charged with a crime and appear in front of a Ingham County Judge and they offer a court appointed attorney for you. For the unknowing public, you think "I will save a lot of money and still have an attorney, what a deal". However, you are setting yourself up for a potentially very bad outcome. The court appointed attorneys are paid by the court and, as a result, they have to keep the judges happy or lose future appointments. The Ingham County Prosecutors and Judges want everyone to just take a bad plea bargain, get the conviction and close the case. Essentially, the court appointed attorneys are there to hold your hand through a quick plea bargain, even if you are innocent. Don't fall for the trap! You need a retained attorney who knows the law and will fight to protect your rights and prove your innocence.
The most important thing to do is plead not guilty! Next, the Ingham County Circuit Court or Lansing District Court Judge determines if you will be released from jail while the case is pending and, if you are released, how much money you will have to post as well as the conditions of release. You should absolutely have an attorney to advocate on your behalf for favorable conditions for your release from jail on bond.
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