A criminal conviction or charge can have adverse consequences including the inability to land a job, be accepted into school, the right to vote, to own or possess a firearm, or receive certain state and/or federal benefits.
By definition, expungement of a criminal charge or criminal conviction means that the charge or conviction is destroyed or sealed, and the individual returns to the status they enjoyed prior to their arrest; the court treats it as if it never occurred, removing it from your criminal record. Certain dispositions, such as dismissal of the case or diversion, can afford the opportunity to have your record expunged. It is not automatic.
New Law Allows Certain Convictions to Be Expunged
On July 1, 2018 the Tennessee General Assembly amended Tennessee Code Annotated 40-32-101 to expand the ability to allow certain eligible offenders with permanent convictions to have their records expunged. Eligible offenders consist of individuals with certain misdemeanors and/or felony convictions.
Having your criminal record sealed or expunged can go a long way in protecting your future. We can review your circumstances and put you in the best position. Contact Jim Todd today to discuss your options for protecting your future and allowing you to move forward in life.
Hagan & Todd can assist individuals who wish to take advantage of this new opportunity as well as those charged with new offenses who want to ensure their records remain clean.