A person who has been convicted of a criminal act will feel the consequences of that conviction for the rest of their life. Educational opportunities, career paths, child custody rights, living situations, and much more can all disappear so long as the conviction is on their criminal record. The same can be said for people accused of serious crimes but never actually convicted.
In Tennessee, there is a legal process known as expungement that can erase certain criminal convictions, effectively eliminating any chance of the public seeing them. The details of expungement can get intricate, so make certain you act with the guidance of our Memphis criminal defense attorneys from Leffler Renfroe. Call (901) 509-9112 today to learn more about how we can help you take control of your life again following expungement.
Tennessee is fairly strict when it comes to expungement, which is also called expunction in some cases. In order for expungement to be granted, all of the following requirements need to be met by the petitioner.
Expungement requirements in Tennessee are:
If you have been convicted of a crime, or entered a conditional plea or pretrial diversion motion, you will need to pay a $450 fee to the court clerk just to petition for expunction. If your case was dismissed, rendered not guilty, or otherwise retired without conviction, no fee will be required in most cases.
A successful expungement can feel like the greatest relief of your life in knowing that your criminal record will be erased and it will haunt you no longer. An unsuccessful expungement can be a frustrating way to lose time and money. With the guidance of our criminal defense lawyers in Memphis, you can pursue expunction with confidence that you will get all the details right the first time.
Learn how to start this process by contacting us today.