Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:31 AM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — 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.