A criminal record can make it difficult to continue your life after a conviction. Often, having a criminal record can hinder your chances of getting a job or finding a place to live, since employers and landlords commonly ask applicants if they have ever been charged of a crime. An expungement gives those with a criminal record the opportunity to seal their arrest and conviction records away from the public. In 2012, Tennessee updated its laws and regulations concerning petitions for expungement. Our Nashville criminal defense attorneys at The Collins Law Firm, PLLC have compiled a list of things every person applying for expungement should know.
10 things you should know before petitioning for expungement:
- Only people who have one criminal conviction are eligible to have their conviction expunged. This includes convictions in other states.
- Tennessee expungement laws apply to Class E Felonies and Class A Misdemeanors, but does not apply to all cases and convictions.
- If an individual’s petition for expungement is rejected, they must wait two years before retrying with another petition.
- Each time an individual submits a petition for expungement, they must also pay $350 to the court clerk. Additional costs may be required.
- All fines and charges associated with the conviction must be completely paid in full, prior to filing a petition for expungement.
- A petitioner must wait five years after they have completed the sentence of their conviction to apply for expungement.
- Just because an expungement removes a criminal conviction from public records, it does not mean it is also removed from police records.
- If a person is filing a petition for expungement, it must be filed at the same Tennessee court in which that person was convicted.
- Attaining an expungement in Tennessee can not only help an individual get a job and a place to live, it can also help him or her obtain a handgun carry permit.
- As of July 1, 2012, all of these rules and regulations for petition of expungement were put into place. This date, however, does not affect which convictions can apply.
If you plan on submitting a petition for expungement, contact our attorneys for experienced and quality legal counsel. Fill out our online form for a free case evaluation.