If you have been charged and convicted of a crime such as retail fraud or another offense, there are times when you can file a Motion for Relief From Judgment. If you are successful with your case, it could result in the conviction being overturned and removed from your record. Essentially, it will be as though the conviction never occurred. While a Motion for Relief from Judgment can mean great things for your future, there are only certain times you can file one. A Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer can help you through the process and give you the best chance of success.
A Motion for Relief From Judgment is sometimes also called a “6500 Motion” because it stems from Subchapter 6.500 in the Michigan Court Rules. Before you can file a Motion for Relief From Judgment, you must have exhausted all other options in the appeals process. When this is the case, you were likely unsuccessful with your case, which can be extremely discouraging. Fortunately, a Motion for Relief From Judgment can still help you clear your record, if you are arguing on certain grounds.
Motions for Relief From Judgment are not applicable in every criminal defense case. To file one, your case must meet one of two requirements:
The process of filing a Motion for Relief From judgment is fairly straightforward, but you should still always work with a criminal defense lawyer. The simple steps your lawyer will take include:
If you have been convicted of a crime and believe your conviction should be overturned, our Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer at Van Den Heuvel Law Office can help. Our skilled attorneys have the necessary experience with these motions to help you file and give you the best chance of success. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation so we can advise you of your legal options.
To talk with our attorney about your legal concerns, contact the Van Den Heuvel Law Office by calling 616-698-0000. You may also complete our online contact form. After-hours consultations are available by appointment. We are also available on Skype by appointment.