Having your criminal record expunged can be advantageous in many ways including applying for college, improving your credit rating, helping you obtain employment and securing a raise or promotion. If you have been convicted of certain misdemeanors or Class E felonies, it is now possible to have your record expunged in Tennessee.
Due to the enactment of T.C.A. 40-32-101(g) in July 2012, you are allowed to have your record cleared in some circumstances and if certain criteria are met. Crimes eligible to be expunged include, but are not limited to, possession of drugs or paraphernalia, vandalism, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, theft, fraudulent insurance claims and forgery.
Criteria for Qualification of Expungement
- There can only be one crime of record.
- Jail time, probation, fines, fees and other sentencing terms must be satisfied.
- Five years must have passed since the completion of the sentence.
- The claimant must have at least one year free of substance or alcohol abuse.
- The claimant must pay the Clerk of Court $450.
- The crime must meet specific terms related to inclusion and exclusion lists in accordance with T.C.A. 40-32-101(g).
- The crime must have been committed after November 1, 1989.
Some crimes committed before November 1, 1989 may also be eligible for expungement. You should sit down with an attorney who is experienced in criminal law matters to discuss whether or not your record can be expunged.
There are situations where it may not be advantageous to have your record cleared at any given time. An attorney can help you decide whether it would be in your best interests and if it is the right time to file a Petition for Expungement of your criminal record.
The Law Office of Sam Byrd
Sam Byrd is a knowledgeable attorney who has helped many clients fight criminal offenses and have their records expunged in Tennessee. His focus is on four types of law: criminal, DUI, family and personal injury. His attention to just these types of cases has given him a depth of experience in each of these areas. Because he takes the time to listen to and understand his clients, he is able to offer an honest assessment of each case and follow it through personally. He won't make promises he can't keep, but he will give your case the focus and attention it deserves. For a free initial consultation, call Attorney Sam Byrd at 423-954-7949 or 800-724-5435.