UPDATED: New Expungement Law on the Way!

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UPDATED 5/22/12:

Governor Haslam signed SB3520 into law yesterday! It becomes effective July 1st. Check back for more details on how to qualify and how to seek an expungement.

ORIGINAL POST:

The 107th Tennessee General Assembly passed quite a bit of legislation in its last few days. One bill that quietly reached the Governor’s desk last week is SB3520. If it becomes law on July 1, 2012, as expected, it will provide much needed expungement relief for a select few Tennesseans living with a criminal conviction. Here are the details we have so far:

  • Applies to certain non-violent E felonies and misdemeanors.
  • Applicant must have paid all costs, fees, fines and restitution associated with the conviction.
  • Applicant must not have any additional convictions other than the one for which expungement is sought.
  • Five (5) years must have passed since the completion of the sentence imposed for the offense.
  • Applicant must petition the court for expungement and pay a $350 fee upon filing.

The bill also mandates the creation of a simple form that will allow people to complete this process without an attorney.

Check back with JustCity for more information. This is an exciting opportunity for Tennesseans who have long since paid their debt but still live with the stigma of a criminal conviction. And for the General Assembly, it is a small step in the right direction.

2 thoughts on “UPDATED: New Expungement Law on the Way!

  1. Can this be used for person who lives in TN, for last 16 years, but was convicted in TX?

  2. Steven,

    Unfortunately not. This law applies only to Tennessee convictions. However, I would encourage you to contact an attorney or authority in the Texas jurisdiction in which you were convicted to make certain that you are not eligible for something similar there.

    If you need help finding a contact there, feel free to email me at josh.spickler@shelbycountytn[dot]gov.

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