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Don’t let a criminal case ruin your prospects, even if the case occurred a long time ago.

Your case may be eligible for expungement!

If you or someone you know has ever been charged with a crime (even if it did not result in a conviction), then you probably already know how a criminal case may affect someone’s ability to find a job, apply for a professional license, possess a firearm, vote, be admitted into college, obtain student financial aid, obtain life or disability insurance, run for public office, or participate in many other activities or endeavors.

The Law Offices of Bryan Stephenson is familiar with expungement laws and procedure, and will investigate whether you may be eligible to expunge a prior criminal case.

What does “Expungement” mean?

Under Tennessee law, an expungement (sometimes called “expunction”) means that the actual public records of a criminal case are removed and destroyed from the court records.

When a case is expunged, the court clerk destroys the court file. Thereafter, if someone calls the courthouse and asks the clerk about any prior criminal history of that individual, the clerk will have no record of the prior case and will say that there is no prior record. In fact, release of expunged data is a criminal offense punishable by jail and a fine.

Note: Certain records, such as files at the prosecutor’s office, police records, DCS and TBI files, are generally not considered public, and thus are not required to be removed and destroyed. See Tennessee Code Annotated § 40-32-101 for more details.

What cases are eligible for expungement?

Not all cases are eligible to be expunged. The following cases are entitled to be expunged from public record, and the government is NOT allowed to charge any fee to process the expungement request for:

Up until July 1, 2012, any prior case that resulted in a conviction was generally NOT eligible for expungement. Put simply, it meant that a conviction was forever. For example, if an individual was charged and convicted of a minor crime some 20, 30, 40, or even 50 years ago, and lived a model life ever since then, he or she would have no mechanism by which to expunge the prior indiscretion from public record. That all changed with the 2012 amendment to Tennessee Code Annotated § 40-32-101.

Folks who had an actual conviction for certain non-violent offenses may be eligible to apply for expungement.

Several conditions must be met, including the following:

Additionally, in 2017 Tennessee changed its expungement laws again to allow for folks with exactly two eligible convictions to expunge both of them. This is a positive step in helping people maintain bright futures that aren’t forever marred by past mistakes.

If you believe that you fit the above criteria for having a charge (or charges) expunged from public record, then contact Bryan for a free consultation.

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I can’t let my head touch the pillow tonight without thanking my awesome attorney Bryan Stephenson for his diligence, hard work and expertise while handling my case. I was out of state and he took my case without a second guess! He only had a week to prepare for the two unfortunate misdemeanors I occurred. He was so professional and organized and answered all my questions. He was easy to get in touch with and my consequences were painless. As long as I do my do diligence my cases will be completely dismissed and expunged in 30 days. He is so understanding and the empathy he showed me was beyond my expectations. He is so trustworthy. Call him A.S.A.P if you are in need! in state or out of state; he can handle ANYTHING and you won’t be disappointed. I promise. Thanks again Mr. Stephenson.

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