Record Expungement in Tennessee
What records qualify for expungement? What records do not qualify?
Under Tennessee expungement laws, any police records, court records or records of criminal convictions, criminal charges or sentences served are sealed and destroyed when you are granted expungement. Certain items in your file that are not public record do not get expunged, including arrest histories, investigative reports, intelligence information of law enforcement agencies and any confidential files or records kept by district attorneys general or other officials and departments.
Eligibility for removal of criminal records in Tennessee
In general, certain criminal records are always eligible for expungement:
- Dismissed charges
- Charges that resulted in a not guilty verdict from a judge or jury
- Arrest records that did not result in a criminal charge
The main eligibility determinant in achieving a record expungement for a criminal conviction is that at least three years must have passed since the conviction and there cannot be more than one felony or Class A misdemeanor conviction in your past. Additionally, there are a number of types of convictions that are never eligible for removal under Tennessee law. These include the following:
As your Nashville expungement lawyer, I can help you throughout the process of having your criminal record sealed and destroyed. Once you are eligible for expungement, we’ll file a petition with the court for judicial diversion (sealing of the records). The court considers many factors in determining whether to grant you diversion, including your behavior since the arrest and conviction, your overall attitude and your commitment to following the law in the future. If you are granted diversion, we’ll then file an Order for the Expungement of Criminal Offender Record to complete the process.
A Nashville criminal defense lawyer who can help you get back on track
If you’ve been arrested for or convicted of a crime in the past, you know the impact it can have on your life. If you were acquitted, or if you served your sentence and wish to move on from the whole ordeal without the stigma of a past criminal charge ruining your chances at employment, adequate housing and other aspects of life, I may be able to help petition to expunge your records, effectively erasing the incident(s) from your public file.
At the Law Offices of William H. Stover, I’ve spent more than a decade as a criminal defense and record expungement attorney in Nashville, and I understand the ins and outs of sealing and destroying criminal records. For more information on the process, refer below.
Contact me today about attaining an expungement
Tennessee expungement is a complicated process. I am an experienced Nashville expungement attorney who can help determine if you are eligible to have your records sealed and destroyed and, if so, guide you through the necessary steps. For more information about the Law Offices of William H. Stover, call 615.338.7894 or contact me online to schedule a free initial phone consultation. I represent clients in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee, including Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Gallatin, Shelbyville and Lebanon.