Every county in Tennessee has little quirks on how they handle certain issues. While all counties in Tennessee uphold the criminal laws for the State of Tennessee, the procedures in each one may vary. Here is a case study on the judicial diversion process in the General Sessions Criminal Court for Rutherford County.
Moving forward after a criminal arrest or conviction is not as easy as just obeying the law from now on. Of course, that is a good start, but your past illegal actions can follow you well into your future.
Tennessee will soon be lowering their fees for expungements. The Tennessee Legislature passed a bill lowering the fee for an expungement of your criminal record to $180.00. The bill is awaiting Governor Haslam's signature. Tennessee State Representative Raumesh Akbari is to be congradulated for pushing this bill in order to help people restart their lives.
A criminal record can haunt you for a long time -- even if it was a one-time mistake or you've since turned your life around. Arrest records, criminal charges and convictions can show up on all kinds of background checks. They can impair your ability to get a job, find housing, pursue higher education and get a professional license.
Today, I was delighted to received an order of expungement. An expungement is an order from the court directing the clerk of the court to destroy the records of the criminal charge or conviction.. One of our services we provide is to expunge any criminal charges possible. Ordinarily, only cases that are dismissed, retired, or one was found not guilty are eligible for expungement. What made this order of expungement special ?