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Can a felony record be expunged in Tennessee? Theft of

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Can a felony record be expunged in Tennessee? Theft of property charge over $10k. Was sentenced to 3 years probation and restitution. Probation was extended in order to fully pay restitution. Convicted in 2009, probation ended in 2014.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Barrister replied 1 year ago.

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The only expungement law in TN relates to expunging records if a case is dismissed or acquitted. If there was a conviction in the case, it can't be expunged.

This is the statute:

Tennessee Code - Criminal Procedure - Section 40-32-101. Destruction or release of records.

(a) (1) All public records of a person who has been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, and which charge has been dismissed, or a no true bill returned by a grand jury, or a verdict of not guilty returned by a jury, and all public records of a person who was arrested and released without being charged, shall, upon petition by that person to the court having jurisdiction in such previous action, be removed and destroyed without cost to such person; however, the cost for destruction of records shall apply where the charge or warrant was dismissed in any court as a result of the successful completion of diversion program according to §§ 40-15-102 - 40-15-105; provided, that such cost for destruction shall not exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00); provided, that the records of a person who successfully completes a diversion program pursuant to §§ 40-15-102 - 40-15-105 shall not be removed and destroyed pursuant to this section if the offense for which prosecution was suspended was a sexual offense as defined by § 40-39-102(5) [repealed]; provided, however, that when a defendant in a case has been convicted of any offense or charge, including a lesser included offense or charge, the defendant shall not be entitled to expungement of the records or charges in such case pursuant to this part.


So if you pled guilty or were convicted, then you can't get an expungement in TN.


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
In July of 2012 the law was amended.... are you in Tennessee? T.C.A. § 40-32-101(g)
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I found the answer I need .... could you please refer me to customer service for a refund?