If you have a past criminal record, the consequences for your personal and professional life can be significant. A criminal conviction may and usually does result in the loss of certain rights, such as the right to vote, the right to own a gun, and the right to hold certain professional licenses. In addition, employers frequently chose to deny job opportunities to persons who have a criminal history. However, there is good news. Certain types of crimes are eligible for expungement.
Expungement means that a person’s record of an arrest and criminal conviction is sealed and erased from publicly available governmental records. If your record is expunged, then a private party, such an an employer or landlord, will not be able to find any evidence from a governmental agency that your were arrested or convicted. However, prosecutors, law enforcement and judges may be able to access an expunged record. In addition, expungement has no effect on data kept by private background research firms that collect information on individuals’ criminal records.
Any criminal charge which resulted in a dismissal, nolle prosequi, or successful retirement is automatically eligible to be expunged. In addition, a criminal charge that resulted in a conviction can be expunged after three years if it falls under a category of eligible offenses. Eligible offenses include most types of misdemeanors and certain low-level felonies.
When you need help with expunging your criminal record in , choose a criminal defense attorney with the experience and dedication to make a difference. Call 615-812-2829 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. With offices conveniently located in Nashville, Durak Law stands ready to represent you handle your expungement issue.