Records relating to a juvenile with no more than three juvenile adjudications—no more than one of those being an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult—can be set aside if the person is not subject to a disqualifying event and the court determines that public safety will not be compromised. Mich. Comp. Laws § 712A.18e(1), (9).
Ineligible Category or Citation
To be eligible to set aside a juvenile record, the person cannot have: (1) more than three juvenile offenses, of which not more than one may be a juvenile offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult, or (2) a conviction for a felony offense. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. §§ 712A.18e(1), (4)(d). The following offenses cannot be set aside: (1) an adjudication for an offense that if committed by an adult would be a felony for which the maximum punishment is life imprisonment, or (2) an adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor traffic offense. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 712A.18e(2).
Multiple adjudications arising out of a series of acts that happened within 12 hours or less and were all oriented toward a certain goal constitutes one offense, provided that none of the adjudications involve an assault, a weapon, or a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 10 or more years. Mich. Comp. Laws § 712A.18e(1).
The applicant will submit a copy of the application and two complete sets of fingerprints to the Michigan State Police. Mich. Comp. Laws § 712A.18e(5).
The Michigan State Police retains nonpublic records of the set aside order and the record of the arrest, fingerprints, adjudication, and disposition. Mich. Comp. Laws § 712A.18e(13).
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A petition can be filed one year after the adjudication of the offense that the applicant seeks to set aside, or one year following the completion of any term of detention for that adjudication, or when the person turns 18, whichever occurs later. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 712A.18e(3).