Expungement In Criminal Cases

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Expungement is a court-ordered process where the legal record of some criminal cases can be erased in the eyes of the law. In Tennessee, only certain criminal records can be expunged, Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(a)(5) : You had charges against you dismissed A “no true bill” was returned by a grand jury You were arrested and released without being charged You went to trial, which resulted in a not guilty verdict The case resulted in a nolle prosequi (prosecution will not be pursued). An order of protection was successfully defended and denied by a court following a hearing If you qualify for an expungement, you will need to file for expungement in the court in which the matter originated. This may be general sessions court or a trial court.
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