Qualifying for an Expungement in Tennessee

Many crimes could be a mistake of your youth that you regret and wish you could take back and get a do-over. In Tennessee, that's a possibility depending on the crime and your record since that offense. If you have a criminal conviction and you'd like to have it expunged from your record, there's no better time than now.

You may qualify for a no-fee expungement if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • the charges against you were dismissed
  • you were charged; you were arrested and released
  • a "no true bill" was returned by the grand jury in your case
  • you received a not guilty verdict in court
  • the prosecution chose not to pursue your case
  • after a court hearing, an order of protection was defended and denied

If you don't qualify for a no-fee expungement, you can still file for a basic expungement if you meet the following criteria:

  • the conviction is one approved by the statute.
  • there are no other convictions on the petitioner's record other than the one being expunged.
  • there have been five (5) years since the crime was committed.
  • all requirements, including fines, restitution, court costs, and fees, have been paid; all jail or prison time has been completed, including parole and probation.
  • all conditions of supervised or unsupervised release have been met;
  • the supervised and unsupervised release has been completed
  • petitioner has remained free from dependency on or abuse of alcohol or a controlled substance or other prohibited substance for a period of not less than one year if required by the terms of the sentence.
  • payment of court fees in the amount of $450.

Do You Qualify for an Expungement?

The first requirement is that the conviction must be approved by the statute. The expungement law allows for many misdemeanors and quite a few Class E felonies.

Tennessee residents can petition for expungement of a case in the following categories:

  • Forgery
  • Fraudulent insurance claims
  • Non-violent crimes
  • Non-sexual crimes
  • Non-DUI crimes
  • Vandalism
  • Theft

In Tennessee, the following convictions cannot be expunged:

  • Assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Aggravated burglary
  • Child abuse
  • Child neglect and endangerment
  • Domestic assault
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Murder
  • Stalking
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Unlawful sexual contact

If you are thinking you meet the criteria for an expungement, there's no time like now to get started working with one of our criminal law professionals. Once your charges are expunged, you get a certified copy of the order for you to keep with your permanent files. You will keep this in your file because it's your proof that your expungement was accepted and changes to your record are valid.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Tennessee

The lawyers at Patton and Pittman, LLC have served Tennesseans for many years, and we can schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your case. Our dedicated attorneys understand how stressful it can be to live with a criminal conviction that doesn't reflect the person you are today. One of the best actions you could take if you find yourself in this situation is to contact a Tennessee criminal defense attorney immediately. Why keep waiting when you could get your record expungement petition ready. We can review the details of your expungement petition and get your case started. If you or someone you know would qualify for an expungement in Tennessee, give us a call today at (931) 361-4477 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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