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Getting a Criminal Record Expunged in Tennessee

Are you having trouble getting a job, renting an apartment, or experiencing some other sort of collateral consequence because of your criminal record? Depending on the certain crime or conviction, you may be able to get your criminal record expunged.

What is an Expungement?

An expungement is the process in which a court allows your criminal charge or conviction to be destroyed from the public record. Basically, your legal records can be erased in the eyes of the law.

What is the Benefit of Getting My Criminal Record Expunged?

As you may have already encountered, people who have a criminal record, whether it be one charge or multiple, face certain barriers when it comes to applying for jobs, housing, or schooling. By having your criminal record expunged, you are preventing yourself from facing discrimination based on your criminal history. Your record of this charge or conviction will not show up on a public background check and it will no longer be listed on the Criminal Court Clerk’s website.

Am I Eligible to Do so?

Dismissed and Retired Charges: Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible to get your record expunged without a fee. If any of the following apply to you, then you are eligible.

  • Your charge was dismissed
  • You were arrested and released without being charged
  • A no true bill was returned by a grand jury
  • A judgment of nolle prosequi was entered in your case (prosecutor is no longer prosecuting the case)
  • You were found not guilty by a judge or jury
  • Your conviction was reversed on appeal

Diversions: Another opportunity you may have to be eligible for an expungement is if you have successfully completed a pretrial diversion program or a judicial diversion program. There is a fee of $280.00 to expunge these types of charges and a $100 petition fee.

Non-Violent Convictions: If you have no more than two non-violent convictions on your record, your non-violent conviction is most likely eligible to be expunged five years after your sentence expired. There is a fee of $280.00 to expunge these types of charges and a $100 petition fee.

But What if I Was Convicted of a Felony or a Misdemeanor?

If you are trying to expunge a conviction for a felony or a misdemeanor conviction, you must meet the eligibility criteria for both felonies and misdemeanors.

If you are convicted of a felony, you may still be eligible for expungement if your charge appears on this list.

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you may still be eligible for expungement if your charge does not appear on this list.

You also must satisfy every condition on the Expungement Checklist. Generally, this means that you cannot have more than two convictions, at least five years must have passed since you completed your sentence, you must have fulfilled all the requirements of your sentence, and paid any fines and court costs associated with your sentence.

Let us help you expunge your criminal record and move on with your life. Contact the Law Office of Amanda J. Gentry. Amanda serves the greater Nashville, TN area, including Hendersonville, Gallatin, Davidson, Rutherford, Cannon, Sumner, Williamson, Dickson, and Robertson Counties. For a free consultation, call (615) 604-6263, or fill out our contact form.

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