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Expunge Your Tennessee Criminal Record

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Criminal expungements can be a difficult task. Some states are worse than others when trying to cleanse your criminal record. Tennesse is a particularly difficult state, where qualified counsel is a must if you even hope to erase your criminal history.

Most convictions in Tennessee are permanent. This applies whether you are attempting to expunge a misdemeanor or expunge a felony. There are still some convictions that can be expunged, however. If you entered into a pre-trial diversion or post-trial diversion agreement with the prosecution and successfully completed your probation, you could be eligible to get your criminal record expunged. Keep in mind that any violation of your diversion agreement could make an expungement impossible. The only way to know for sure is to contact an expungement attorney familiar with the requirements of the jurisdiction where you were charged. A small fee is required by Tennessee when expunging a record after completing a diversion agreement.

It is much easier in Tennessee to get dismissed charges expunged. Many people do not realize it, but even if a charge is dismissed against you, it will show up in a criminal background check. Though it will appear as dismissed, any charged crime can raise questions about you to others. This can be unfortunate if a potential employer is doing a background check, or if you are going back to school in the near future. Applying for an expungement and getting your record erased can avoid such embarrassment.

Using your full name and date of birth, an expungement attorney can fully research your criminal record. Expungement applications are detailed legal documents, and a slight misstep can delay your expungement for weeks or even months. A proper expungement application addresses every case number under every name you may have been charged under. A proper Tennessee expungement will make sure that every legal record that can negatively affect you will be erased forever.

Getting a criminal expungement is among the most important things you can do. Even the charge of a crime can be damaging to one’s reputation, not withstanding an actual conviction. A governor’s pardon can work in situations where you are not eligible for an expungement. This is usually a long shot, but still a worthwhile option if you are unable to qualify for an expungement under present law. The most effective and quick option is getting an expungment if you are eligible for it – a qualified expungment attorney can assist you in determining the best way to go.

Nathan Moore is a criminal defense lawyer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Moore’s practice covers all elements of criminal defense – you can learn more at his firm website. If you are interested in learning whether your prior charges or convictions can be expunged, you can discover more about the expungement process in Tennessee here.

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