Leaving A Criminal Record Behind

Expungement is the process by which records of a criminal arrest or in some cases a conviction are removed from court records by order of the court. Once the expungement is processed the records are treated as if they do not exist. This means the charged or convicted person may deny the charge after the record is expunged.

Effective July 1, 2012, the Tennessee Legislature revised the expungement law to allow individuals with convictions of most misdemeanors and some lower felonies the opportunity to apply for expungement.

This is an exciting and extraordinary opportunity for individuals who have had trouble in the past with finding employment, attempting to be promoted or trying to obtain some post high school education. As is the case with most laws this could change at any time. Voter pressure, budget and other concerns may cause the Tennessee Legislature to change the expungement eligibility at any time. With this in mind the sounded action to take is to file your request for expungement as soon as possible. Allow the attorneys of Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC to assist you in this process.

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