Self-Help


For Families and Friends of Incarcerated Individuals

What happens after your loved one has been convicted of a crime? View the information packet prepared by SADO’s Client and Public Outreach Committee, which addresses the following topics:

  • The process of a criminal appeal
  • Visiting a prison (policies of the MDOC)
  • Communicating with an inmate of the MDOC
  • Basic resources for inmates and their loved ones

Child Support while Incarcerated in Michigan

For Michigan parents who are incarcerated, please see this Child Support Packet detailing the parent's obligations along with tips, contact information and a form motion to suspend payments.


Voting Rights

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by People in the Criminal Justice System


 

Sex Offender Registration Act

Petitioning for Removal from the Sex Offender Registry, Prepared by SADO, August 2012


Appeals in Michigan State Courts

Michigan Courts Self Help Center

"Filing Appeals and Original Actions", an Appellant's Pro Per Guide from the Michigan Court of Appeals

"When Someone Files an Appeal From Your Court Victory" Appellee's Pro Per Manual from the Michigan Court of Appeals

Michigan Supreme Court Application for Leave to Appeal Packet prepared by Prison Legal Services of Michigan


Information and Forms for People without Attorneys in Federal Court

Pro Se Litigation in the Eastern District of Michigan and forms for Habeas Petitions and Prisoner Civil Rights Complaints

Western District of Michigan Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, Habeas Petition and Prisoner Civil Rights Complaints

Notice of Appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (to be filed in the District Court) and Application to Proceed In Formal Pauperis on Appeal

Guide to Filing Paid Cases and In Forma Pauperis Cases (unpaid) in the United States Supreme Court 


Expungement Materials

Expunging Adult Convictions (Prepared by SADO Special Assistant Defender Marilena David-Martin, March 2012)

Instructions and Forms for Completing "Application to Set Aside Conviction" from Michigan's One Court of Justice website.

Expunging Juvenile Adjudications (Prepared by SADO Special Assistant Defender Marilena David-Martin, March 2012)

Instructions for Completing "Application to Set Aside Adjudication and Order" from Michigan's One Court of Justice website.

"Tips on How to Expunge your Criminal Record in Michigan", prepared by the Legal Aid of Western Michigan.

"How Can I Make My Michigan Adult Criminal Conviction Nonpublic?" and "How Can I Make My Michigan Juvenile Adjudication Nonpublic?" from the State Court Administrative Office's website.

"Procedure to set aside a conviction" from the Michigan State Police.

Tips for Properly "Expunging" an MDOC Record of a Vacated or an Acquitted Offense and sample pleading prepared by SADO Special Assistant Defender Marilena David-Martin (2012)

Expungement Success by Sheila Robertson Deming as reported in the April 2012 Criminal Defense Newsletter


Simple Civil Litigation

The Michigan Legal Help Website, is designed to help self-represented litigants handle relatively simple civil legal matters on their own, funded by a grant from the Michigan State Bar Foundation as part of the Solutions on Self-Help Taskforce.