While getting a dismissal for a crime in Tennessee is a huge relief, you may still have a criminal record that could have a negative impact on your personal or professional life. Fortunately, the state offers record expungement for those who qualify. If your case has been dismissed, dropped, or no-billed (no information or not filed on) it is eligible to be expunged.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a charge expunged?
Only charges that were dismissed, “No True Bill,” “Noelle Prosequi,” or charges that were returned with a “Not Guilty” verdict are eligible for expungement. The process starts at the local level, specifically in the county where you were first arrested.
If I was convicted, can I still get my record expunged?
In certain cases, yes. If you were convicted for a Misdemeanor or Class E Felony offense, you may be able to get your charges expunged. This is what’s known as a “Conviction Expungement,” or “G Expungement.” This type of expungement may be subject to fees and court costs. Ask a lawyer for additional information.
How is a record expunged?
The expungement process must first be completed locally. It will be taken through various local agencies, including the county jail, the Tennessee Department of Correction, and, ultimately, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). TBI will then remove the charge from your criminal record. This involves deleting the charge from the electronic fingerprint card (or paper) and then sending the expungement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Is there a way to speed up the process?
Yes, under certain circumstances, the expungement process can be expedited. Speak to an attorney about the specifics of your situation to determine if you qualify for expedited expungement.
Contact a Memphis Criminal Defense Lawyer for Help
It is important to understand that if you were arrested or charged for a criminal offense in Tennessee, but the charges were later abandoned, dismissed, or dropped, you may still be eligible to have your criminal record expunged. Obtaining legal representation from an experienced lawyer can help you get the outcome you desire.