Is My Criminal Record Public In Michigan?

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Is My Criminal Record Public In Michigan?

If you have a criminal record, you likely experience immense anxiety regarding who can access this information. It’s a valid concern, given the potential far-reaching consequences of having a criminal history. Even though your criminal record is public in Michigan, understanding the potential impacts can help you navigate them. Our experienced attorneys at Lucido & Manzella, P.C. are here to help you learn what it means to have a criminal record. We are committed to representing individuals like you and work hard to help you secure a promising future. For case-specific guidance, call our firm.

Understanding Public Access to Criminal Records in Michigan

In Michigan, unless your conviction has been set aside or expunged, your criminal record is deemed public information. This means that anyone, from potential employers to your next-door neighbor, can potentially access this information. However, it’s important to note that any search conducted within the Michigan database will not yield any criminal record information from another state.

Who Can Access Your Criminal Record?

Your criminal record, containing misdemeanors, felony arrests, and convictions, can be accessed by various parties. These include educational institutions, businesses, banks, scholarship programs, and even property owners. However, there are exceptions. Certain agencies, law enforcement, and courts can access your record even if a conviction has been set aside, though the general public will be unable to do so.

What Information is Visible on Your Criminal Record?

A criminal record typically includes personal information such as physical description, name, aliases, age, residence, etc. It also contains details about misdemeanor convictions and felony arrests and convictions. Associated fingerprint records and photographs, often referred to as “mug shots,” are also part of your record. It’s worth noting that the public cannot request criminal records by fingerprints without an executive order.

Navigating Job Applications with a Criminal Record

If you have a public criminal record, you must answer truthfully when asked about your past on any application. However, you only need to respond to the questions you are specifically asked. For instance, if you were convicted of a misdemeanor and the application asks if you were ever convicted of a felony, you can legally answer “no.”

Criminal Record: Not the End of the Road

A criminal record does not mean your life is over. If your conviction has been set aside, your record has been sealed from public viewing, and you do not have to provide information about your past on most applications. If questioned about any arrest or conviction that led to your record being expunged, you are legally allowed to give a yes or no answer.

Lucido & Manzella, P.C.: Your Partner in Protecting Your Future

Having a criminal record may present certain challenges, but your past does not have to define your future. It’s possible to navigate the road ahead with the right legal guidance. At Lucido & Manzella, P.C., our experienced and aggressive attorneys are ready to fight for you. Contact our firm today for a consultation.

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