Q: Hello my question is Do you need a lawyer for an expungement in Wayne County MI? Is it something that can be done
I was eligible and filed the expungement papers with the courts sent them to the prosecutors and state police dept. Court date is coming up and was wondering if it’s something I can do on my own like go before the judge or should I hire a lawyer to show up? It’s 1felony/Felonious Assault
A: It never hurts to at least talk with a local attorney who might be able to give you guidance as to what your particular judge expects and prepare you for the hearing. Expungements are discretionary, meaning that just because you qualify doesn't mean that the judge has to grant it. And it will likely be the same judge you were in front of originally. The general advice for an expungement hearing is to show that you've changed for the better and that the public interest is served by granting the expungement. Some judges, quite honestly, grant expungements as a matter of routine; other judges will make you prove what you've done since being in trouble.
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