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)
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:
Sentence of 3 years or less
Never had previous conviction expunged