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Expungement Granted

We all did things when we were younger that we regret as adults.  It’s just a fact of life.  Thankfully, not every poor choice we make as children and teenagers results in a permanent stain upon our adulthood.  Such was the case in the 25th district court in Allen Park this past week, where expungement attorney Chris Kessel was able to convince a judge to remove a conviction from his client’s record. 

When she was 19, our client committed the offense of retail fraud – 3rd degree…she shoplifted a pair of leggings.  She was, as is often the case, caught on camera and stopped by security before leaving the store.  When she ended up before a judge in Allen Park, she pled guilty and was given a one year term of probation.  She went on to complete her probation, graduate from college, enter the police academy, and became a sheriff in another state.  Now, 7 years later, as a mother of two she wanted a career change.  So while – amazingly – to be an officer you don’t need a clear criminal history, to go into the nursing field you do need a clean record.  Enter Michigan defense attorney Chris Kessel…

Chris had the petition prepared, sent in, and the matter was set for a hearing in a matter of weeks.  Once before the judge, expungement attorney Chris Kessel made it clear to the judge that this was a one time event and that the client was not only eligible, but deserving of having the conviction set aside from her record. 

The importance of a clean record cannot be understated, especially for those trying to find employment or trying to enroll in school. If you qualify for an expungement, you want to make sure that the matter is handled properly and successfully.  Don’t leave your future to chance! Trust Nessel & Kessel Law, top criminal defense lawyers in have the experience and legal knowledge to clear records of clients eligible for expungement and we can help you!



Successful Plea Reached

In some cases, a “win” is a not guilty verdict at the end of a hard fought trial.  In other cases, finding a way to avoid trial and still make your client happy is what’s best for all parties involved.  In a case this week, while there was no trial, there was definitely a win for our client.  Originally, our client was charged with two felonies: breaking and entering a building and malicious destruction of property – greater than $20,000.  Each of these charges carries up to 10 years in the Michigan department of corrections, as well as thousands of dollars in fines.  Our client has a wife and a young son, so even a jail sentence was not an option.

Thankfully, our client had hired two of Michigan’s top criminal defense attorneys.  After having multiple meetings with the special prosecutor out of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, we were able to have both felony counts reduced to misdemeanors.  Not only that, but we were able to lock in a sentence of probation, meaning our client wouldn’t have a spend a single night away from his family.  However, this plea had another positive note to it.  By only having two misdemeanors on his record, out client will be eligible to have his convictions set aside (expungement) after his probation is complete.

Chris Kessel is an expert in expungements and wanted to make sure that when this process is over, his client will have a clean record.  In Michigan, a person may have two misdemeanors on their record and have them BOTH expunged afterwards.  Thus, not only will our client avoid a felony conviction and jail time, but his record will be clean when all is said and done.