Hi Jacustomer, Expungements
used to be very tough in Tennessee. Since July and the passing of a new law, however, certain low level Tennessee felonies and some misdemenors have finally become expungeable. You can see the list of nonexpungeable
misdemeanor offenses here
. If your charge is not on that list, then you would be eligible for an expungement, othewise not.
If you find that your offense is expungeable, however, you would have to wait 5 years from the completion of your sentence
, unfortunately, before you would be eligible to apply for the expungement. So unforunately, you cannot do this for another three years.
Should you not be eligible, the only way you could minimize the effect of this conviction would be to obtain a pardon from the Governor. That would not erase your conviction but it would show on your record as having been pardoned which is still proof that the state's highest official believes that you have turned your life around.. You can read more about that here
, and there is also an application form.
Neither of these processes requires a lawyer.