Next week is National Expungement Week. Okay, so it may not show up on your Google Calendar.
But expungement clinics are nothing new. Especially to Attorney Barton Morris Jr. III, principal attorney and founder of the Cannabis Legal Group in Royal Oak.
As one of the most influential voices in expungement advocacy, Morris understands the need for assistance with setting aside criminal convictions. Especially where cannabis is concerned.
And you can bet he’ll be a part of the expungement clinics in Detroit, Pontiac, and Lansing.
An individual is not and SHOULD not be represented by his or her criminal misdemeanor or felony conviction. But that’s often the case.
These convictions – no matter how minor – can lead to difficulty in securing employment, housing and even education. They can just feel like a heavy burden.
But everyone makes mistakes. So why should isolated incidents of bad judgment that result in conviction haunt people forever? Especially when the offenses are no longer illegal?
In 2017 alone, 20,000 Michigan residents were arrested on low-level marijuana offenses. Yet under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act of 2018, these are no longer considered illegal offenses.
Many people aren’t aware that there is a possible solution to setting aside those convictions. Or they think it’s too difficult or financially out of reach for them to do so.
That’s why Morris and his team at Cannabis Legal Group will be working alongside the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association at three expungement clinics to help folks with free legal advice, document preparation, and instruction on what to do next to expunge these convictions off of their records.
Details on Expungement Clinics in Detroit, Pontiac, and Lansing
If you’re interested in expunging your criminal record, you can get help from experienced criminal expungement attorneys like Morris at no cost to you.
An attorney will determine your eligibility, prepare the necessary forms, and provide the instruction for next steps.
The expungement clinics will be held at the following locations during the dates and times listed:
September 21st, 12 – 3 PM
Detroit Recovery Project
1145 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48208
September 23rd, 3 – 8 PM
Union Missionary Baptist Church
500 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Lansing, MI 48915
September 24th, 5 – 9 PM
Your Emerging Space
7 N Saginaw St #3A
Pontiac, MI 48341
Just to be clear, these expungement clinics do not apply only to those with marijuana offenses.
To qualify, be sure you bring a valid photo ID. You can have no more than one felony conviction and no more than two misdemeanor convictions. You also need to have been discharged from jail/probation for at least 5 years before attending a clinic.
Please pre-register your information regarding your specific situation at www.expungemi.com BEFORE attending a clinic.
Get Your Life back
Attend one of the expungement clinics in Detroit, Pontiac, and Lansing to learn how you might be able to clear your name and clean up your conviction record.
Speaking with a professional could make a huge difference in your life, and it won’t cost you a cent.
How much can you say that about any more?
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