Understanding Michigan’s Clean Slate Law

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What Exactly is The Clean Slate Law?

In late 2020, Governor Whitmer signed seven bills collectively known as the “Clean Slate Law.” HB 4980, 4981, 4982, 4983, 4984, 4985, and 5120 have changed the way expungements (the removal of arrests and convictions from a person’s public criminal record) are handled in Lansing and throughout the state. 

Although this legislation is a step forward for individuals who already paid their debt to society and want to live a better life without having their past mistakes follow them around, there are a lot of subtleties to these individual laws that might be difficult to understand. 

Our firm believes that if you pay your debt to society, you shouldn’t carry the burden of being denied a job, an apartment, or a professional license.

How is This New Legislation Different?

Previously, getting an expungement was extremely difficult. Only individuals with one felony or two misdemeanors could get their convictions expunged. Even then, the application process was cumbersome. According to a 2019 study out of the University of Michigan Law School,

6.5% of people who qualify for expungement in Michigan have their records cleared within five years of becoming eligible.

The new legislation creates a process that will automatically seal certain non-violent conviction records if a person has remained conviction-free (seven years for misdemeanors, 10 years for felonies).


The expungement process can be confusing. At Coontz Law, we can help any way we can to guide you through the process with expert confidence and attention to detail. Our goal is to alleviate the legal demons from your past that are still haunting you. 

When you work with us, you have access to our team at all times. If you’re looking for an attorney who will help you through the expungement process and answer any questions regarding these new laws, Coontz Law is here for you.