Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Attorneys

Your criminal record may not have to follow you around forever with a criminal record expungement

Criminal record expungement, sometimes referred to as record “expunction,” removes a criminal charge or charges from your criminal record. A criminal charge can follow you around for a lifetime. It can put your chances of securing gainful employment or adequate housing in jeopardy. Record expungement gives you a second chance for a clean record. It is only possible under certain circumstances and can be a complicated process. To see if you are eligible for criminal record expungement and to make sure it gets done correctly, the experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley, & Haley can help.


Am I Eligible to Have my Record Expunged in Tennessee?

There are several scenarios where a person may be eligible to have their criminal record expunged. This includes:

  • If you had charges against you dismissed;
  • If a grand jury returned a “no true bill”;
  • If you were arrested and released with no charges being filed;
  • If you were subject to a criminal trial, but the verdict returned was “not guilty”;
  • If the prosecution decided not to pursue your case (referred to as “nolle prosequi”);
  • If an order of protection was successfully defended and denied by a court after a hearing.


What is the Record Expungement process?

The criminal record expungement process begins locally at the court in the county where the arrest occurred. The local county court will complete their process and an expungement order is then sent to different agencies that keep a record of arrests. These agencies include the:

  • Arresting agency;
  • County Jail;
  • Tennessee Department of Corrections; and
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Each of these agencies will have their own procedures in place to handle the expungement order. It is important to follow up with them to make sure they have received a copy of the order and that they have removed the charge from your records. The Tennessee Department of Corrections will remove the charge from your record on the Tennessee Felony Offender Lookup (FOIL) and the Tennessee Offender Management Information System (TOMIS).

There are often fees associated with record expungement and, historically, Tennessee has had some of the highest fees in the country in order to get your record expunged. However, on May 25, 2017, the governor of Tennessee signed a new law that reduces the total cost associated with record expungement from $450 to $280, a significant decrease.

Additionally, you may also be eligible to have the expungement expedited if you are pursuing the expungement for the purpose of:

  • Fingerprinting for a job or carry permit;
  • Firearms purchase; or
  • Adoption.


Contact our knowledgeable Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys today and know your options

Criminal record expungement can give you a fresh start. The experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley know the serious impact a criminal conviction can have on your life. We do everything we can to pursue your legal rights and get your record cleared. Contact Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley today online, or call 615-893-1331 to schedule a free consultation.