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How to Expunge a Felony in Tennessee?
It is important to understand that not all criminal convictions are eligible for expungement. Certain misdemeanors and most felonies are not eligible, and you must meet the criteria set by the state’s law to be eligible to have your past conviction expunged.
Expungement may be possible in certain situations, including:
- When charges were dismissed
- After a diversion program was successfully completed
- In most Class A misdemeanor or Class E felony convictions
- When five years have passed since the conviction
- When there is only one conviction on your record
- After all court costs and probation fees have been satisfied
In 2017, new laws regarding expungement were implemented in Tennessee. Under the new law, people with two unrelated criminal convictions may be able to have the record expunged, if each offense is eligible for expungement if both offenses are misdemeanors, and when there are no other convictions.
In addition, the rules regarding partial expungements have been expanded. This is when a person has been indicted on multiple counts, but one was dismissed. Under the new law amended in Public Chapter 358, dismissed charges may be removed from government-maintained electronic databases that could potentially make it harder for a convicted individual to obtain loans, housing, and jobs.
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Expungement Process in Tennessee
Expungement is the legal process of having a criminal conviction removed from your record. A criminal record can negatively affect your life in many ways, including excluding you from education and employment opportunities. At Ridings Law Group, P.C., our Nashville criminal defense attorney David Ridings understand the sometimes profound effects that a conviction can have on your future and works hard to guide clients through the expungement process, when eligible.
The first step in the process is to determine if you qualify for expungement. Our Nashville expungement lawyer at Ridings Law Group, P.C. can assess your situation and start building a strong defense. If you are not eligible for expungement he will still review your situation and advise you of your best legal option. Attorney David Ridings has years of experience, a deep understanding of the current laws, and works diligently to ensure that all the proper steps are followed and necessary paperwork is filed on your behalf.
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