Have you ever been arrested? Were the charges dismissed or were you convicted? You might be eligible to have those charges removed from your record. Expungements provide you have an opportunity to clean up your record. Remove old charges that were dismissed and in some situations even convictions. Tennessee law allows you to have any dismissal expunged or removed from the public record.
What is an expungement?
An expungement is a process by which dismissals, a diversion, and some eligible convictions are removed from your record so they do not show up on a background check.
Is there a limit on the number of dismissals that can be expunged?
- No. You can have 1 dismissal expunged or 100.
Are there any court costs or fees to expunge a dismissal?
- There are not. Tennessee law prohibits the court from charging a fee to expunge dismissals.
Is there a limit on the number of convictions that can be expunged?
- Yes. Tennessee only allows you to petition to expunge one conviction and you can have no other convictions on your record.
Is there a fee to expunge a conviction?
- Yes. As of May 25, 2017, the fee to expunge a criminal conviction was lowered to $180.
Benefits of an expungement
Criminal charges even if they are dismissed can have a big effect on applying for jobs, apartments, or anything that requires a background check. An expungement helps to clean up your records so when you apply for a job, you can check the box “I have not been arrested” or in some situations “I have not been convicted of a crime.” This greatly improves your chances of getting hired or into that apartment you want.
How the Garza Law Firm can Help!
The attorneys at the Garza Law Firm can quickly evaluate your situation to determine if you qualify for an expungement. Let us handle a convoluted and complicated process to clean up your record in the most efficient way possible.