Monday, July 2, 2012

Fresh Start: New TN Expungement Law

A new TN law went into effect July 1, and it has caused The Kinsland Firm's phone to ring off the hook!
On May 21, 2012, Governor Haslam signed House Bill 2865 into law.  The new law became effective on July 1, 2012.   Previously, a person was only eligible for expungement if they had been arrested but not charged, a true bill was not returned by the grand jury, or the case was dismissed.  Now, subject to a few conditions, a person may petition a court to destroy the records of a conviction.

You may be eligible is you only have 1 criminal conviction (Class E Felony or Class A Misdemeanor) and it has been 5 years since your conviction.  Not all convictions are eligible, but here is a short list of what is: Boating Under the Influence, Disorderly Conduct, DWI (not DUI), Simple Possession, Public Intoxication, Reckless Driving, Shoplifting, Theft, Underage Consumption, and Vandalism, just to name a few. 

This new law is an excellent fresh start in a job search, improve your credit rating or help to obtain a handgun permit. 

If you have any questions about this new law call Justin at 615-815-6452 or email him at

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