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What is Expungement?

As of July 1, 2017, many people with a Tennessee criminal record or multiple convictions may be eligible for expunction or expungement, which is a process whereby certain criminal convictions can be erased in all public records. If your criminal record is expunged, you could honestly say that you have never been arrested, charged, or convicted before in your life, significantly improving your ability to gain employment, earn a promotion, apply for college or university, find housing, and live a normal life.

If you are interested in having a misdemeanor or felony conviction expunged in Clarksville, let our legal team at Jeff Grimes & Associates help you get a fresh start in life. We can thoroughly examine your criminal record, determine your available legal options, and have your conviction(s) expunged.

Call (931) 398-5308 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation.

Am I Eligible for Expungement?

Under Tennessee expunction law, your criminal record may be expunged if you had the charges dismissed, a “no true bill” was returned by a grand jury, was arrested and released with being charged, obtained a not guilty verdict at trial, the prosecution did pursue the case, or a protective order was successfully defended and denied by a court after a hearing.

Additionally, if you were convicted of certain misdemeanors and felonies, you have fulfilled all the requirements of your sentence (e.g., completed any term of imprisonment or probation, paid all fines and restitution, met all the conditions of supervised or unsupervised release, etc.), and at least five years have passed since you completed your sentence. Remember, you qualify for expungement if you have only one or two criminal convictions on your record.

What Charges Cannot be Expunged in Tennessee?

The following are misdemeanors NOT eligible for expunction in Tennessee:

  • Assault

  • Aggravated assault of a public employee

  • Aggravated criminal trespass

  • Child abuse

  • Child neglect and endangerment (when the child is between seven and 13 years old

  • Coercion involving an abortion

  • Disorderly conduct at funerals

  • Display for sale or rental of material harmful to minors

  • Disseminating smoking paraphernalia to minor after 3 prior violations

  • Domestic violence

  • Driving under the influence of an intoxicant

  • Enticing a child to buy liquor or purchasing alcohol for a child

  • Failure of adult to report juvenile carrying gun in school

  • Failure to surrender handgun carry permit upon suspension

  • Fraud involving a credit or debit card and up to $500

  • Harboring or hiding a runaway child

  • Importing, preparing, distributing, processing, or appearing in obscene material

  • Indecent exposure and the victim is under 13 years old

  • Misuse of official information by public servant

  • Nonparent providing handgun to a juvenile

  • Possession of a firearm after being convicted of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence

  • Possession of a firearm while prohibited by state or federal law

  • Possession of a firearm while under a protective order

  • Possession of hallucinogenic plant Salvia Divinorum or the synthetic cannabinoids

  • Possession of or consuming alcoholic beverages on K-12 school premises

  • Public indecency

  • Reckless burning

  • Sale of meth

  • Sale or loan to minors of harmful materials

  • Sale or possession of synthetic derivatives or analogues of methcathinone

  • Soliciting a minor to engage in a Class E sex crime

  • Stalking

  • Third or subsequent violation of “Child Rape Protection Act of 2006”

  • Unlawful exhibition of obscene material

  • Unlawful massage or exposure of private parts

  • Unlawful sexual contact by an authority figure

  • Using a device or substance to falsify drug test results and selling synthetic urine

  • Violating a protective order

  • Violating community supervision as a sex offender

  • Violent felon owning or possessing vicious dog

All other misdemeanors committed on or after November 1, 1989, qualify for expunction.

What Felonies are Eligible for Expungement?

The following are eligible felonies for expunction in TN:

  • Accessory after the fact

  • Aggravated criminal littering

  • Burglary of a motor vehicle

  • Communication theft

  • Counterfeit controlled substance

  • Criminal simulation

  • Custodial interference where person not voluntarily returned by defendant

  • Destruction of valuable papers

  • Destruction or concealment of will

  • Evading arrest in motor vehicle where no risk to bystanders

  • Failure to appear

  • False or fraudulent insurance claim

  • Forgery

  • Fraud in insolvency

  • Fraudulent qualifying for set aside programs

  • Fraudulent transfer of motor vehicle with value of less than $20,000

  • Fraudulent use of credit or debit card

  • Gifts of adulterated candy or food

  • Hindering secured creditors

  • Home improvement fraud

  • Impersonation of licensed professional

  • Knowing dissemination of illegally recorded cellular communication

  • Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of not less than ½ ounce and not more than 10 pounds of Schedule VI drug marijuana

  • Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of Schedule V drug

  • Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of Schedule VII drug

  • Sale of recorded live performances without consent

  • Selling glue for unlawful purpose

  • Simple possession or casual exchange (third offense)

  • Taking a telecommunication device into jail or prison institution

  • Theft

  • Theft of trade secrets

  • Unauthorized solicitation for police, judicial or safety associations

  • Unsolicited bulk electronic mail

  • Utility service interruption or property damage

  • Vandalism

  • Violation of Tennessee Personal and Commercial Computer Act

  • Worthless checks

If you are eligible for expunction if you were convicted of one of the felonies listed above, the offense was committed after November 1, 1989, and you were sentenced to up to three years of imprisonment. When it comes to unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities, you are eligible for expunction if you were convicted on or after November 1, 1989, sentenced up to four years, and it has been at least ten years since you completed your sentence.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

Our experienced criminal defense lawyers are ready to guide you through the legal process and help you get your criminal record expunged. Let us help you start a new chapter in life and finally put the past behind you for good!

Contact us today at (931) 398-5308 to discuss your case with our Clarksville expungement attorneys and learn how we can help you!

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