People in Michigan who are convicted of crimes they did not commit and then are later exonerated might be the victims of official misconduct. According to a report by the National Registry for Exonerations, it was a factor in at least 107 of the 151 exonerations that happened in 2018.
For many people concerned with privacy in Michigan, it is important to use a passcode or phrase to unlock a mobile phone rather than the newer fingerprint and face recognition technologies. While some people are simply uncomfortable with storing their personal data in a potential corporate database, many others have been convinced by multiple federal court rulings. Over the years, several courts have given much higher protections to data protected with an alphanumeric passcode rather than with biometric safety features. Law enforcement agencies have generally been allowed to use fingerprints or facial features to unlock devices without the owner's consent.
Eyewitness identification can be a significant factor in criminal cases in Michigan and throughout the United States. However, because it relies on human memory and recognition, it can be a deeply flawed form of evidence. In fact, eyewitness mistakes have been connected to a number of high-profile wrongful convictions. These convictions were proven to be incorrect after DNA testing and technologies improved, revealing that the people convicted of serious crimes, like rape or murder, could not have been responsible. Many people across the country have had old convictions overturned after DNA tests have exonerated them.
While Michigan law allows for certain convictions to be kept off of your record entirely, many convictions become a part of your permanent history and follow you for the rest of your life—unless you take proactive measures to remove them. Fortunately, you have the opportunity to have your conviction cleared (expunged) from your record in some cases. Expungement can provide many benefits if you’re a former convict trying to make a fresh start and resume normalcy following your sentence.