If you have been arrested for or convicted of a crime in the greater Memphis area, you need a knowledgeable and confident Memphis Criminal Defense Attorney who will fight to have your criminal record expunged.

The result of a criminal record can impact all areas of your life, from reputation to future career options. Any type of entry on your criminal record can bar you from employment and make your life difficult. Some of your prior arrests, probation, or court supervision may be eligible for expungement. Through expungement, these blemishes may be taken off your record. 

In Tennessee, the consequences of a criminal history can be serious and long-lasting. If you’ve had a run-in with the law, with the help of a Memphis expungement lawyer to steer you through the process, you may be able to have your criminal record cleaned up.

Call (901) 552-6228 today to schedule a consultation with Attorney Joseph Pehanick.


Under Tennessee law, you have the legal right to deny the existence of any criminal charges related to an expunged record. Expungement, however, only pertains to court records, it does not include arrest histories, investigative reports, intelligence information of law enforcement agencies, files of the District Attorney General that are maintained as confidential records for law enforcement purposes, and records of the Department of Children's Services or Department of Human Services that are confidential under state or federal law.

If you had a prior criminal history you need a Memphis Criminal Defense Attorney who will review your criminal records to determine expungement eligibility. Because a criminal history can result in employment denial or termination, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will fight to expunge your criminal records. Our firm has successfully expunged many arrests and eligible convictions from criminal records in Tennessee.

Expungements will be granted if:

  • Charges have been dropped, dismissed, or nolle prosequi

  • No true bill was entered by a grand jury (dismissed warrant)

  • Not guilty verdict

  • Successful completion of diversion

  • Certain convictions under the new expungement law

New Expungement Law (as of July 1, 2012):

Eligible convicted offenses committed on or after November 1, 1989:

  • Most Misdemeanors and Class E Felonies (Not DUI and Domestic Assault)

  • Non-violent offense

  • Never been convicted of any criminal offense other than the offense for which expungement is sought

  • At least 5 years have passed since completion of sentence

  • All requirements of court imposed sentence are fulfilled

  • Never had a previous conviction expunged

Eligible convicted offenses committed before November 1, 1989:

  • Non-violent offense

  • Non-sexual offense

  • Sentence of 3 years or less

  • Never had previous conviction expunged

Full list of eligible and non-eligible expungement offenses
Expungement FAQ for Tennessee Bureau of Investigation