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Everyone can make mistakes, and having your criminal history sealed can give you a second chance. Your criminal charge will no longer be available as a public record. Additionally, with your criminal record sealed or expunged, you may be legally permitted to deny or choose not to acknowledge any prior arrests you may have when applying for certain jobs, housing, or educations.

You must disclose your prior criminal record in the following situations:

  • When seeking employment with a criminal justice agency;
  • When a defendant in criminal prosecution;
  • In subsequent requests for sealing or expungement; or
  • When applying to law school or to practice law.
  • When seeking employment with certain state governmental agencies;

If you have an arrest in your past and want to keep it private or if you are seeking a new job or educational opportunities, you may want to have your criminal record sealed or expunged in Nashville. At Andrew C. Beasley, PLLC, our legal team can thoroughly examine your criminal record, determine if you are eligible for expunction, complete all the necessary paperwork, and obtain the most favorable outcome in your case.

Do not hesitate to contact us today at (615) 274-4009 and schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you!

Nashville Arrest Records

Tennessee provides public access to criminal history records, so anyone with access to the internet is able to retrieve public data, including your criminal history information. Criminal history is defined as a record that is created when a subject is arrested and fingerprinted. It contains the disposition of the charge including whether it's a conviction, acquittal, dismissal of charges before trial or any other disposition.

In order to prevent your criminal record from adversely affecting your career, educational and housing opportunities, it is important to hire a Nashville expungement lawyer to help you expunge or seal your criminal record.

Tennessee Expunction Laws

Expungement is a court-ordered process whereby a person can erase the legal record of certain criminal cases from public record. In addition, an individual has been charged with a crime that was later dismissed, released without being charged after an arrest, tried in court and found not guilty, the prosecution didn’t pursue the case, the court denied an order of protection following a hearing, or a grand jury returned a “no true bill” in the case, they may seek expungement at no additional cost.

In 2012, Tennessee passed a law to allow many nonviolent criminal convictions to be expunged. Then, as of 2017, certain individuals can expunge up to two criminal convictions—either two eligible misdemeanor convictions or one eligible misdemeanor conviction and one eligible felony—after five years have elapsed since the person completed the sentence imposed for the offense.

The following is a list of misdemeanors not eligible for expunction:

  • Aggravated assault of public employee
  • Aggravated criminal trespass of a habitation, hospital, or on the campus of any public or private school, or on railroad property
  • Allow person ages 18-21 to consume alcohol on person’s premises
  • Assault
  • Child abuse (where a child is between ages 7-17)
  • Child neglect and endangerment (where child is between ages 7-13
  • Coercion of abortion
  • Disorderly conduct at funerals
  • Display for sale or rental of material harmful to minors
  • Disseminating smoking paraphernalia to minor after 3 prior violations
  • Domestic assault
  • Driving under the influence of an intoxicant
  • Enticing a child to purchase intoxicating liquor or purchasing alcoholic beverage for child
  • Failure of adult to report juvenile carrying gun in school
  • Failure to surrender handgun carry permit upon suspension
  • Fraudulent use of credit/debit card (up to $500)
  • Harboring or hiding a runaway child
  • Importing, preparing, distributing, processing, or appearing in obscene material or Class A misdemeanors
  • Indecent exposure or by person in penal institution exposing to a guard
  • Misuse of official information by public servant
  • Nonparent providing handgun to a juvenile
  • Possession of firearm after being convicted of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
  • Possession of firearm while prohibited by state or federal law
  • Possession of firearm while order of protection in effect
  • Possession of or consuming alcoholic beverages on K-12 school premises
  • Possession of the hallucinogenic plant Salvia Divinorum or the synthetic cannabinoids
  • Public indecency
  • Reckless burning
  • Sale or loan to minors of harmful materials
  • Sale or possession of synthetic derivatives or analogues of methcathinone
  • Soliciting minor to engage in Class E sexual offense
  • Stalking
  • Third or subsequent violation of “Child Rape Protection Act of 2006”
  • Unlawful dispensing of immediate methamphetamine precursor, sale of meth precursor to person on methamphetamine registry or purchase by someone on registry, possess meth precursor with intent to sell to another for unlawful use, purchase meth precursor for another for unlawful use, purchase meth precursor at different times and places to circumvent limits, and use false ID to purchase meth precursor for purpose of circumventing limits
  • Unlawful exhibition of obscene material
  • Unlawful massage or exposure of erogenous areas
  • Unlawful sexual contact by authority figure
  • Using substance or device to falsify drug test results & selling synthetic urine
  • Violation of community supervision by sex offender not constituting offense or constituting misdemeanor
  • Violation of protective or restraining order
  • Violent felon owning or possessing vicious dog

The following is a list of eligible felonies, and the prison sentence was three years or less:

  • Accessory after the fact
  • Aggravated criminal littering (second and third offenses involving certain weight or volume)
  • Burglary of a motor vehicle
  • Communication theft (fine only)
  • Counterfeit controlled substance
  • Criminal simulation
  • Custodial interference where person not voluntarily returned by defendant
  • Destruction of valuable papers
  • Destruction or concealment of will
  • Evading arrest in motor vehicle where no risk to bystanders
  • Failure to appear (felony)
  • Forgery
  • Fraud in insolvency
  • Fraudulent or false insurance claim
  • Fraudulent qualifying for set aside programs
  • Fraudulent transfer of motor vehicle with value of less than $20,000
  • Fraudulent use of credit or debit card
  • Gifts of adulterated candy or food
  • Hindering secured creditors
  • Home improvement fraud
  • Impersonation of licensed professional
  • Knowing dissemination of illegally recorded cellular communication
  • Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of not less than ½ ounce and not more than 10 pounds of Schedule VI drug marijuana (fine not greater than $1,000)
  • Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of Schedule V drug (fine not greater than $5,000)
  • Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of Schedule VII drug (fine not greater than $1,000)
  • Sale of recorded live performances without consent
  • Selling glue for unlawful purpose
  • Simple possession or casual exchange (third offense)
  • Taking telecommunication device into penal institution
  • Theft
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Unauthorized solicitation for police, judicial or safety associations
  • Unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities
  • Unsolicited bulk electronic mail
  • Utility service interruption or property damage
  • Vandalism
  • Violation of Tennessee Personal And Commercial Computer Act
  • Worthless checks

Call (615) 274-4009 to learn about your options during a free consultation with our expungement lawyer in Nashville!

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