For many people with a criminal record, their convictions affect future employment and business opportunities. For people charged with felonies, their criminal record prevents them from owning a firearm or traveling outside the country. Having a clean criminal record is also important due to many apartment and housing complexes requiring a background check before allowing a person to live there.
In order to avoid all of the above obstacles, you should attempt to have your record expunged as soon as possible, depending on your case. Expungements in Tennessee are governed under the statute T.C.A. 40-32-101. This statute states that in order to be eligible for expungment, defendant must have:
- No other convictions in any jurisdiction,
- Have completed all terms of probation, parole or imprisonment must be completed and 5 years must have lapsed since the completion of the sentence,
- Have met all conditions of release,
- Have a copy of the record of the conviction to be expunged,
- Have paid all fines, restitution and court costs,
- Conviction must be for a Class E felony included on the inclusion list or a misdemeanor not included on the exclusion list, and
- A government issued ID.