My son was convicted of felony 7 yrs ago. Since then has been through a drug program graduated. He has been clean for 7 yrs. He is married and has 2 small chikdren and this felony conviction is holding back from getting many potential jobs, even renting or purchasing a home. Can his record be expunged? We heard this could be done if had one charge and had been so many years
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Tennessee
We have not tried anything yet not sure if this can be done just heard new law just came out.
Hello Jacustomer,Unfortunately, Tennessee is not generous about what convictions it will remove from a person's record. However, while the old law kept all adult convictions from being expunged, except those dismissed as part of a diversion program, now since July, certain low level Tennessee felonies are expungeable. You can see the list of expungeable offenses here. The drug felony would have to be an E felony to be eligible.If one of these exceptions on the list apply in your son's case, he would have to petition the court where the conviction occurred. While strictly speaking, it would not involve a lawyer, it would have to be put formally on papers. The form is available on line.Should he not be eligible, the only way he could minimize the effect of this conviction would be to obtain a pardon from the Governor. That would not erase your son's conviction but it would show on his record as having been pardoned which is still proof that the state's highest official believes that he has turned his life around.. You can read more about that here, and there is also an application form.Good luck!FranL41131.1415888889
I tried to access the online form to fill out and turn in to court would not access. What is the form listed as?
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