New legislation under Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will allow thousands of Michigan residents to get their misdemeanors removed from public record.
According to the Traverse City Record-Eagle, the “Clean Slate” laws will automatically expunge misdemeanors seven years after sentencing.
Felonies will be handled the same way 10 years after sentencing or the end of a sentence.
Supporters say the change will allow Michigan residents to seek better employment, apply for housing and have access to previously off-limits opportunities.
According to a governor’s office, drunken driving offenses, as well as crimes involving minors, vulnerable elders, assaults, forgery and embezzlement, and other more serious felonies and misdemeanors will not be automatically expunged.