Overview Description

Records relating to certain misdemeanor and class E felony convictions can be expunged five years after sentence completion, so long as the person has no more than two convictions. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-101(g), (k). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

Ineligible Category or Citation

See subsection (g)(1) for eligible and ineligible offenses. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-101.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the court of conviction. For the specific procedure, see Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-101.

Fees

There is no state fee. $100 may be charged by the clerk for proceedings related to expungements. Tenn. Code Ann. § 8-21-401(d)(2).

Effect

The person is restored to pre-arrest status and need not disclose the arrest, charge, or conviction in response to any inquiry. Legally, the conviction never occurred, and no collateral consequences can be imposed or continued. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-101(g)(15).

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed five years after sentence completion.

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