If you are convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor punishable by over 93 days, your criminal convictions may become public record, viewable by the general public. The Michigan State Police maintains criminal history records, and allows the public to search then through the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT).
It is also possible to expunge certain records. After a record is expunged, it will not show up on a background search, and when you apply for a job, you can honestly tell a potential employer that you have not been convicted of a crime. However, the record does not completely disappear; it may still be used by the courts or police agencies.
An alternative sentence, such as a deferred sentence, keeps the criminal conviction from showing up on your criminal record.
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