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Expungement Statute Broadened

Effective January 12, 2015

Effective January 12, 2015, the Legislature broadened the list of those who may petition for expungement, but it also narrowed the list of eligible offenses. Writing on top of a statute that was amended previously in 2011, the Legislature has now created a set of rules that appear complicated at first glance.  In reality, the rules are not especially difficult and the changes are mostly positive. Read more


Modified Instructions for First Degree CSC Cases

Effective April 2015

The Committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions issued modified instructions to be used in certain first-degree criminal sexual conduct cases. Read more.


SADO Hosts Informational Session for Friends and Family

Next session: Thursday August 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm in Detroit

Join SADO for an Informational Session on what to expect after a loved one is convicted of a crime and sentenced to the Michigan Department of Corrections. SADO staff will be on hand to address the process of appealing a conviction and how an appeal is different from the trial or plea proceedings, and will inform attendees on the visiting policies of the MDOC, how to communicate and stay connected with your incarcerated loved ones, and more. Read more


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